Public services in Greece disrupted by widespread strikes

The 24-hour protest affected public hospitals and ferry services to the Greek islands.

Public services in Greece disrupted by widespread strikes

Widespread strikes in Greece have brought public transport and other services to a halt.

Members of the country’s largest unions have protested against employment reforms they argue will make flexible workplace changes introduced during the pandemic more permanent.

The 24-hour protest also disrupted public hospitals and ferry services to the Greek islands.

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Protesters take part in a rally during a 24-hour strike in Athens (Michael Varaklas/AP)

Opponents, including the main left-wing opposition party which is backing the strikes, have accused the government of using lockdowns as a pretext to further erode long-standing working rights and legal protection for employees.

They fear it will allow employers to get out of paying overtime and set schedules that are disruptive to workers’ lives.

Several demonstrations took place in Athens and other cities.

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