GSEE calls 24-hour general strike and rally on Wednesday

The General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE), Greece’s largest umbrella trade union organisation representing private-sector workers, has called a 24-hour nationwide general strike on Wednesday. The union is also organising a rally in Klafthmonos Square in central Athens at 11:00 on Wednesday morning, urging workers, unemployed and pensioners to take part.

Among its demands are an end to excessive taxation, a minimum wage of 751 euros per month, collective labour agreements and a fair and viable social insurance system without cuts to benefits and pensions.

The strike will affect public transport in the greater Athens area, with STASY staff (metro, tram and trolley buses) participating in the strike and all three metro lines not operating throughout the day. Ferries will also not be running on Wednesday, due to the participation of the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) in the strike.

Athens buses will only be running between 9:00 in the morning until 21:00 at night, with bus workers holding two work stoppages from the start of the shift until 9:00 and from 21:00 until the end of the shift. Full bus operation is expected to be restored at 10:00 and buses will start to be withdrawn at 20:00.

The press and mass media unions will hold a 24-hour strike on Tuesday in support of GSEE’s strike, between 6:00 on Tuesday until 6:00 on Wednesday.