Greeks protest the new austerity package of 4.9billion euros measures with a 24-hour general strike. Public and private sector unions ADEDY and GESEE have called to action that will paralyze Greece on May 17 2017, one day before government lawmakers will vote in favor of the measures.
Public and municipality services will be closed.
Ferries – seamen: 48h strike May 16 and 17 2017
May 16: work stoppage 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
May 17 -18: buses will operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Trolley Buses: will operate between 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Metro, Tram, Urban Train ISAP will operate 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on May 17
The metro will halt at <Doukissis Plakentias> station, therefore no metro to/from Athens International Airport
Trains and Proastiakos will be on 24h strike on May 17th
Air-traffic controllers have announced a four-hour work stoppage on Wednesday, May 17. There will be no flights between 11:00 in the morning and 15:00 in the afternoon. The departure and arrival times of many more scheduled flights before and after the work stoppage will be modified. Those planning to travel by air are advised to contact the airline company they are flying with.
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I remember some years ago (visiting Greece from Australia) arriving with my family all 12 of us, returning from Samos to Piraeus, only to find Buses, Taxis and Trains all on strike. Now I had relatives that helped us out. But as I looked around and saw all these tourists and wondered why are these poor people going through this? We are happy to take their money but providing a service that is second to none still eludes Greek consciousness. And here is the proof. When the GFC hit us it was about the P.I.G.S. …….well Portugal, Italy and Spain are getting on with their economies. Greece still points to the rest of Europe as their problem!