Photograph: Thanassis Stavrakis, AP
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek civil servants have walked off the job in a 24-hour strike demanding, amongst different issues, higher pay for well being and training staff and extra hiring through the coronavirus pandemic.
Thursday’s strike shut down public companies throughout the nation, whereas the participation of air visitors controllers pressured airways to cancel or reschedule flights till eight a.m. Friday.
A whole lot of well being care staff marched via central Athens forward of the primary strike demonstration set for the middle of the capital later Thursday morning.
The nation’s important civil servants’ union, ADEDY, known as the strike over a collection of calls for, together with a rise in well being spending, extra intensive care unit beds and new everlasting hirings in training to permit for varsity courses to be restricted to 15 pupils.
The union additionally known as for the abolition of a collection of taxes for civil companies and a discount of client tax to 15% from the present 24%, in addition to adjustments to a current legislation on demonstrations and a repeal of privatizations.
Greece has been experiencing a resurgence within the coronavirus pandemic that has elevated stress on the well being system. The federal government has elevated the variety of intensive care unit beds obtainable for coronavirus sufferers, and has pledged so as to add extra ICU beds general by the tip of the 12 months.
The nation of round 11 million individuals has seen new day by day coronavirus instances hovering across the 300 to 400 mark. It at the moment has a complete of 23,495 confirmed instances, with 469 deaths and 86 individuals intubated in ICUs throughout Greece.