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UPD Labor Day Strikes: Greece’s public transport means mobilization

Public transport means will paralyze on upcoming Labor Day as several workers’ unions will join the traditional strikes on Wednesday, May 1, 2014.

Private and public workers unions GSEE and ADEDY have called for the strike on Wednesday expressing their opposition to government’s decision to transfer the “holiday” after Easter and thus on Tuesday, May 6, thus creating a very long weekend.

Some transport means will launch a 24-hour strike, while others such as buses will launch only work stoppages.

UPDATE:

  • All three Metro lines incl urban train ISAP will operate 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Buses will operated only between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Private KTEL workers operate as usual since workers do not join strikes.

Trains and Proastiakos: only a small number of schedules will operate – details here in Greek

Note: Ferries and ships will remain docked 24 hours.

With the strikes, Greek unions honor the workers’ Haymarket Riot mobilization in Chicago in 1886, where estimated 40 to 80 workers were killed in clashes with police and over 40 were injured.

Greek unions called on citizens to join the strikes stressing that “high prices and loss of wages drive the society to a permanent impoverishment.”

Journalists and photo reporters will launch a 48-hour strike from 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, until 5 a.m. Thursday, May 2.

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