Greeks Face Renewed Strikes as Reform Vote Approaches

Protesters march in Greece (file photo)

 

 

Greeks in the capital and elsewhere will face more transport disruption next week as labor unions called further industrial action for Monday.

Timed to coincide with a parliamentary vote on a range of reforms required for Greece’s bailout review, this time Athens transport unions will be joined by Greek air-traffic controllers.

Flights will be cancelled between noon and 3 p.m. local time as air-traffic control undertakes a three-hour stoppage.

Forty-eight flights across Aegean Air and Olympic Air domestic and international routes will be affected.

The bill pending approval in parliament on Monday will reduce family benefits, introduce a new process for foreclosures on overdue loans, and make it harder to call industrial action.

Reforms contained in a 400-article, 1,326-page bill are needed for the country to complete a third review of its bailout program.

It has prompted angry protests this week, with a large march which ended in scuffles with riot police in the Greek capital on Friday.

Friday’s scenes followed a week of incidents which saw demonstrators barge their way into ministry buildings, confront Greece’s employment minister Efi Achtsioglou and assemble outside the heavily guarded residence of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.