About half a million workers in the Greek capital, Athens, began a 48-hour strike on Monday (24 May) as a protest against new labour laws proposed by the Greek Government.
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Background: About half a million workers in the Greek capital, Athens, began a 48-hour strike on Monday (24 May) as a protest against new labour laws proposed by the Greek Government.
Reuters said the new legislation, if passed, was aimed at regulating a wide range of trade union activities.
The unions claim that the bill would restrict the rights of workers including their right to strike. To voice their disapproval they called on unionists to rally outside the Greek Confederation of Labour.
When the strike started at least half the public transport in the city came to a halt and foreign airlines cancelled all flights.
But many workers were forced to go to work under a government decree which ordered civil mobilisation of employees of the state-controlled Olympics Airways and telecommunications.
The strike is the first major industrial dispute in Greece since parliamentary rule was restored in 1974.
Reuters said the Government has claimed that the strike was aimed at undermining democracy and creating social upheaval and anarchy.
The Athens Police Chief put all his men on alert in case there was trouble as the strike continued.