Greece braces for 48-hour strike

30 June 2011 09:23

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled after a 48-hour general strike began in Greece

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled after a 48-hour general strike began in Greece

A two-day general strike is under way in Greece as politicians decide on another set of economic measures designed to help the government secure more rescue loans.

The strike disrupted public services in the country on Tuesday, while hundreds of flights were either cancelled or rescheduled following a four-hour walkout by air traffic controllers.

The events highlight the need for travel insurance, including adequate cover for any delays.

Angry union members are expected to march to Parliament with more than 5,000 police officers stationed at the Athens city centre.

Those striking against the planned spending cuts include doctors, ambulance drivers, casino workers and even actors at a state-funded theatre.

As public transport workers joined the protest, there was traffic chaos in the capital.

Hundreds of cars were forced to use small side streets after one of Athens' busiest avenues was cordoned off by protesters.

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