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General strike causes chaos in Greece

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General strike causes chaos in Greece


Flights to and from Greece have been severely disrupted in a national strike over the government’s economic policies.

Public transport is also being hit by the walkout, the latest in a series of 24-hour stoppages this year.

Unions are opposing the 2009 budget. They are also angry at tax collection measures and privatisations of firms such as Olympic Airlines.

“We will be slightly inconvenienced today but I believe the problems will remain unsolved,” said one man in Athens. “And this, when the credit crisis is having multiple consequences for everyone.”

The industrial action is not only making travel difficult. Hospitals are operating with only emergency staff while schools and post offices are closed.

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