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Athens: Strikes, Work Stoppages, Protest Rallies, Sept 20/2012

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.


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