Nationwide strike on Thursday

A 24-hour nationwide strike called for Thursday by the country’s public and private sector unions. The mobilization is in protest against austerity policies and the measures to be passed in the 2015 draft budget, currently in Parliament.

Protests rallies have been organised by the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE), the largest umbrella trade union group representing private sector workers, and the civil servants’ union federation ADEDY, starting at 11:00 at Klafthmonos Square in central Athens. A rally in Omonia is being organised by the PAME trade union affiliated to the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), with gathering spots planned in Kaningos, Karaiskaki, Vathis and Kotzia Squares and the Hafteia area near Omonia Square.

Staff in public transport services are to join the strike with work stoppages at the start and end of their shifts on Thursday, though services will keep running during the middle of the day to allow workers to participate in strike rallies.