Greece will once again grind to a halt as unions call on their members to down tools in protest against wage cuts. Striking health and public transport workers will add to the chaos caused by striking farmers blocking public roads with their tractors.
At the weekend the Greek government took the unusual step of issuing civil mobilization orders to force striking transport workers to return to their jobs. An eight-day strike left Athens city commuters paralysed. Public transport has remained disrupted as public bus employees failed to return to work. Now railway workers have called for a 24-hour strike to commence on Thursday.
According to Ekathimerini train, metro, and bus employees will join in the strike, which begins on the same day that seamen are due to start a 48-hour strike.
Doctors with the National Organization for Healthcare Provision also start a 48-hour strike on Thursday, while doctors at state hospitals will begin a 24-hour strike. Additionally public sector employees have announced a four-hour work stoppage on Thursday.
Protesting farmers have brought chaos to the roads by blocking them with their tractors. Ekathimerini reported their demands include "a tax-free threshold, minimum guaranteed prices for their products, continued state subsidies, tax-free fuel and cheap electricity." Ta Nea reported the KKE Communist party, which supports the protesting farmers, warned the government "Do not dare use state repression against peasants." Alexis Tsipiras, leader of extreme-left SYRIZA, has also lent his support to the protest.