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A ONE-day strike by Greece's largest labour union paralysed public transport and sea traffic today and further threatened preparations for the summer Olympics, already bogged down by delays.
The nationwide strike, which began at midnight, has been called by the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE), the country's largest union, to push demands for wage increases of eight per cent for its 600,000 members and an immediate reduction in the working week from 40 hours to 39.
GSEE president Christos Polyzogopoulos told AFP that the 24-hour strike would affect all Olympic sites, but that it was the union's goal not to endanger the progress of the work.
However, an AFP photographer who visited the site where the velodrome for the August Olympics is being built said workers were getting on with their job as usual.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) inspector Denis Oswald, who was at the site, said he didn't believe the strike would affect preparations for the games.
"I don't think the 24-hour strike will affect preparations," he said. "The foremen assured us that they could make up the delay in one weekend."
Polyzogopoulos promised that there would be no strike in August but he warned of more protests unless the Greek employers' association agreed to improve its offer of a 3.2 per cent wage rise.
The union also wants talks on cutting the working week from 40 to 39 and then to 35 hours.
The Olympics are due to run from August 13 to August 29. But although the Greek capital was selected to host the Games seven years ago, construction is still behind schedule at the Olympic stadium and on the tramways and suburban train lines to other sites.
The stoppage brought public transport to a standstill in Athens but taxis were unaffected by the strike. National flag-carrier Olympic Airlines said it was maintaining all flights.
But sea traffic between the mainland and dozens of Greek islands was disrupted and only 15 trains have been scheduled for the day.
Public-sector industries such as telecommunications, electricity, water utilities and the banks were also affected.
A demonstration organised by the GSEE drew some 40,000 people at midday in the centre of the capital, according to organisers.
Members of the powerful journalists union ESIEA walked out for three hours in the morning, disrupting the wires of the local ANA news agency and public television programs.
The strike is the first since conservative Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis took took office after his New Democracy Party won a comfortable general election victory last month and rang down the curtain on a decade of socialist governments.
Agence France-Presse (via News.com.au)
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