Greek workers have begun their first mass confrontation with Greece‘s three-month-old coalition government, grounding flights, disrupting local transport and shutting public service offices.
The general strike is being backed by the country’s biggest private sector force, the General Confederation of Greek workers (GSEE), the union of civil servants (ADEDY), and militant unionists attached to the KKE communist party.
All three groups are holding hold mass demonstrations in Athens – and some 65 cities and major towns nationwide – before protesters march on the Greek parliament.
“We call on everyone to take part in the strike and resist the austerity measures that hurt Greek people and the economy,” said unionist Despina Spanou of ADEDY. “This strike is only the beginning in our fight.”