Staff on Athens public transport and Greek air-traffic controllers have announced a series of work stoppages which began today and will continue throughout Wednesday and Thursday. The widespread industrial action is part of a 24-hour general strike called by the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE) on Tuesday 17th May.
As a result of the strikes Athens buses did not run today between 11am and 4pm. On Wednesday and Thursday both buses and trolley buses will only operate in the capital for 12 hours, between 9am and 9pm.
In, the tram, metro and electric railway lines of Athens will only run from 9am until 4pm on Wednesday, to allow strikers to attend rallies in the city centre. Metro trains will terminate at Doukissis Plakentias station without continuing to the airport and the intervening stops.
The railway workers’ union federation is holding a 24-hour strike on Wednesday meaning that trains throughout the country will be at a standstill, including the Proastiakos line serving the Athens airport.
Air-traffic controllers have announced a four-hour work stoppage on Wednesday, with no flights between 11am and 3pm. The departure and arrival times of flights scheduled before and after the work stoppage may also be affected. Those planning to travel by air are advised to contact their airline for information.
In addition, the Hellenic Seamen’s Federation has declared a 48-hour strike in all ship categories for which began today and will continue tomorrow. Passengers due to travel in the next days should contact the agency they booked through for advice on on possible changes or cancellations.