Greece is in the grip of the latest strike called in protest at the government’s austerity plan, a 24-hour stoppage by transport workers that has paralysed air, rail and sea transport and forced people into their cars. Athens is snarled in traffic as a result, for locals and tourists alike.
“There aren’t enough taxis, public transport is cheaper, so this causes economic and physical inconvenience,” said one commuter.
Trams and the underground are also stalled, and it is all a taste of things to come as unions gear up for a weekend of action and a big protest rally.
Journalists have joined the transport sector strike, as they are particularly unhappy with social security reforms.
Strikes hit Greece ahead of protest weekend