Greek workers stage 48-hour strike

21 October 2011 09:05

Thousands of protesters gather outside the Greek Parliament in Athens on Thursday (AP)

Thousands of protesters gather outside the Greek Parliament in Athens on Thursday (AP)

A 48-hour general strike by Greek workers seeking to block their government's new austerity measures has brought the troubled nation to a standstill, causing travel disruptions to British holidaymakers visiting the country.

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The industrial action saw thousands of angry protesters, including doctors, dentists, lawyers, teachers and dock workers, taking to the streets.

A number of flights were cancelled or delayed as air traffic controllers staged a 12-hour strike.

Greek MPs are voting on Thursday over the new austerity measures, which include plans for further cuts to pensions and salaries, as well as tax hikes.