Greece at a standstill as workers stage nationwide strike

Greece at a standstill as workers stage nationwide strike
Greece at a standstill as workers stage nationwide strike. Image: Giannis Papanikos/

Public and private sector workers in Greece have taken part in a 24-hour nationwide strike in favour of higher wages in order to combat surging inflation. 

The Daily Sabah has reported how the elevated prices of energy and living costs have been the cause of strikes and protests across Europe in recent weeks. 

In Greece, the nationwide walkout was called by both private and public sector unions that represent over 2.5 million workers. The strike is expected to lead to demonstrations outside parliament later on Wednesday. 

One area that has been particularly affected by the strikes is that of transport. Ferries are unable to leave ports, whilst taxis are not available on city streets. Buses and trams in Athens have been suspended and just one of the city’s three subway lines is operational, and even then is running a reduced service. 

Passengers arriving at Athens international airport have faced difficulties in reaching the city centre due to the lack of transport options caused by the strike. 

Furthermore, state-run schools have been shut and hospitals have faced reduced staff numbers. 

Although the Greek economy has been growing at twice the eurozone rate in 2022, inflation has hit 12 per cent causing many Greeks to struggle to pay the bills. 

The private sector union GSEE and the public sector ADEDY have joined together to demand an increase in the minimum wage, which currently is set at around 713 euros a month, and also want a restoration of collective labour law.

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