A transport strike caused chaos in Greece as workers voiced their anger over plans to privatise Olympic Airlines. Flights from Athens airport were cancelled and roads were gridlocked in the city.
Despite fierce opposition, the conservative government is pushing ahead with plans to sell off the debt-ridden state carrier.
One Olympic technician said: “We are demonstrating because the government wants to shut down Olympic, without reasons of course. It always presents arguments that have no basis. It lies to the Greek people and we will not tolerate it.”
And a flight attendant said: “We will all do our best to look out for workers’ rights, for our interests. We will not back down until our basic demands are met, until there’s dialogue and safeguards for our future.”
Olympic cancelled about 50 flights, operating only one plane for each destination. Both domestic and international routes were affected.
The strike was timed to hit the Athens’ rush hour, causing lengthy traffic jams as commuters took their cars instead. Railway, hospital and power company workers also took ing part in the one-day stoppage.