Households and shops across Greece will be paralyzed with electricity cuts as the labour union GENOP of the electricity company DEH launches repeated 48-hours strikes as of midnight June 19/20. The strikes will have direct impact on everyday life as the company management will apply electricity cuts lasting several hours in order to avoid the total black out. DEH appeals to customers to decrease electricity consumption 12-3 pm and 8-10 pm. The strike will continue until the vote of the Mid-Term Austerity Package, which will most likely be end of June/beginning of July.
Greece’s most powerful labour union opposes the privatization of the state-run Electricity Company. The decision for strike became definite after talks between GENOP and newly appointed Environment Minister George Papaconstantinou failed earlier on Sunday. GENOP’s talks with new Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos turned fruitless on Saturday as well. DEH tops the list of state-run companies that will be privatized.
Everyone who has already experienced previous GENOP-strikes is upset and most of all restaurants, supermarkets, kiosks, pharmacies, private doctor offices, dentists, all in all every one dealing with ‘sensitive’ items.
Not to mention the impact on minors and elderly due to the impossibility of working A/C and fans and thus in times of rising temperatures.
Kiosk owners are threatening to seek legal measures against GENOP and file a law suit.
DEH is supposedly to publish the areas and the hours of the electricity cuts, on its website. Go HERE for Greek and HERE for English. Chose the desired <prefecture> and <municipality>. The site is only in Greek. There is normally a daily update.
PS Believe me, these repeated electricity cuts get really on one’s nerves. If you see no much updates on KTG, it should be easy to guess the reason behind the problem… Thank God, I don’t use the elevator…