Work­ers join gen­eral strike

Western Mail - - UK & WORLD NEWS -

A GEN­ERAL strike in Greece against plans to ex­tend aus­ter­ity mea­sures has halted ferry ser­vices to the is­lands and dis­rupted flights, pub­lic trans­port and other ser­vices.

The 24-hour strike called by the country’s largest unions also closed schools and left pub­lic hos­pi­tals run­ning on emer­gency staff.

Gov­ern­ment bud­get aus­ter­ity mea­sures are due to con­tinue for at least two more years after the in­ter­na­tional bailout ends in Au­gust, start­ing with an­other ma­jor round of pen­sion cuts next Jan­uary. Thou­sands of pro­test­ers gath­ered in cen­tral Athens and the country’s sec­ond largest city of Thes­sa­loniki.

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