Much of Greece is expected to shut down this week as the country prepares for a 48 hour strike.
Greece’s two main unions, representing half the workforce, want the biggest strike yet to reach its zenith on Thursday when parliament votes on further austerity measures.
The strikes will disrupt food and fuel supplies, transport and leave hospitals run by skeleton staff.
However the Greek prime minister, George Papandreou, has defied the protests pledging to push through even more deeply unpopular measures.
Meanwhile European leaders are rushing to prepare a bailout deal in time for a summit on Sunday. The Greek finance minister said that this is the week during which many things, maybe everything, will be decided.