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Nationwide strike on Tuesday

A nationwide strike is expected to paralyse Greece on Tuesday, when more than 3 million public and private sector workers embark on a 24-hour walkout in response to pension reforms proposed by the government.
Employees in government ministries, municipal offices, hospitals, banks and courts, along with factory workers, are among those set to participate in the strike against austerity measures.
With journalists also expected to join the strike, a virtual news blackout is anticipated.
Rail and road transport across the country will be affected and people trying to travel from the port of Pireaus are also likely to experience difficulties, after two of the 14 unions that make up the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation voted to join the strike.
The same two unions blocked dozens of ferries from leaving the port last week in protest at the government’s pension reforms.
A Piraeus court on Monday declared the strike called on Tuesday by the PEMEN and “Stefenson” trade unions illegal, accepting the call for a restraining order requested by the Association of Shipping Businesses.
The association said it will dispatch an extrajudicial summons to the harbour corps and the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) in order to ensure that all necessary measures are taken to enable the port to operate as normal on Tuesday, the same day as a nationwide strike declared by the two largest union umbrella groups in the country.
Following scenes of thousands of tourists and locals being stranded at Pireaus, the government had said that it would not allow such an incident to repeat itself again.
“Air traffic controllers will not join the strike in order to protect tourism,” Angelos Sotiropoulos, head of the air traffic controllers΄ union, told AFP.
The planned strike is the fifth major protest since Athens unveiled austerity measures to battle its budget-deficit crisis.
Protest demonstrations and marches are planned throughout Tuesday in Athens, Thessaloniki and most cities throughout the country.
Greece’s parliament is set to approve changes to the country’s pension system, which will reduce benefits and state spending, by the beginning of July.

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