Court mulling GENOP ac­tion

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A first in­stance court is due to de­cide on Mon­day whether to rule an on­go­ing strike by the GENOP union rep­re­sent­ing Pub­lic Power Cor­po­ra­tion (PPC) work­ers il­le­gal and abu­sive.

The strike en­tered its fifth day yes­ter­day. GENOP took sev­eral more power plants off the na­tional grid, forc­ing PPC to con­duct longer and more wide­spread power cuts to pre­vent a gen­eral black­out from oc­cur­ring.

PPC, which has been im­port­ing elec­tric­ity from other coun­tries, ap­pealed to house­holds and busi­nesses to curb their con­sump­tion of power dur­ing the strike ac­tion. It also lodged an ap­peal with the court, which or­dered GENOP to en­sure that there is enough sup­ply of elec­tric­ity to pre­vent a black­out un­til PPC’s case is heard on Mon­day.

Sources at the Hel­lenic Trans­mis­sion Sys­tems Op­er­a­tor (DESMIE) said that the power cuts over the week­end are not ex­pected to be se­vere but there is concern that GENOP will step up its ac­tion on Mon­day, re­gard­less of whether the court rules the union’s strike il­le­gal.

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