Traffic jams in all major streets of downtown Athens occurred on Thursday morning as thousands of residents had to use their vehicles to go to work due to the 24-hour strike at Metro, Tram and urban train ISAP. Workers protest wages cuts and demand the ticket fares to go down to one euro (from 1,20/1,40 euro). Protesters will launch a rally at 11 am at Syntagma Square.
Workers in catering and tourism employees launch also a 24-hour strike and they will stage a demonstration at 12:30 pm in Klafthomonos Square.
Seamen have a work stoppage starting at 12 noon until the end of the morning shift and will hold a protest outside the Labour Ministry.
In health sector, private doctors assigned with EOPYY temporary suspended their protest-embargo, so that insured patients will not have to pay for a visit.
At the same time, pharmacists in Attica prefecture (except Piraeus) decided to continue their embargo and will not hand out prescription medicine on credit until September 30/2012. Pharmacists’ associations in 18 prefectures follow the decision of Attica association.
Tax offices will be closed tomorrow Friday (Sept 21/2012) as personnel will launch a 24-hour strike.