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General strike to disrupt services across Greece on Wednesday


Athens, Greece — A 24-hour general strike called by Greece’s public and private sector unions closed most services across the country on Wednesday.

Late Tuesday, aviation authorities announced that air traffic controllers and civil aviation employees would not join the strike. That means canceled domestic and international flights and schedule changes announced by Greece’s main airlines on Wednesday will be readjusted, with more flights taking place. Travelers should contact the airline.

Also late on Tuesday, Athens public transport unions said they were extending the time to strike.

Greek unions are demanding tax breaks and an increase in the minimum wage, which currently stands at just over 700 euros ($) per month for salaried workers.

“Our country’s workers, both in the public and private sectors, are battling high prices that are choking households and citizens,” said ADEDY, a consortium of organizations. union for civil servants, said in a statement. It said greater costs of electricity, fuel and basic goods have cut workers’ wages.

In Athens, metro and bus services were suspended all day on Wednesday, and taxis were set to stop on the street from 6am until Thursday morning. Unions had planned to hold protest marches in the city on Wednesday morning.

Ferries to and from the Greek islands remain tied up in ports from midnight Tuesday until midnight Wednesday.

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