Fri, Jul 16, 2010
Shutdown Lasted Four Hours In Protest Of Government Austerity
Air traffic to all Greek airports ground to a halt Thursday
morning as air traffic controllers joined other government workers
in a four-hour protest against government austerity measures and
Tax collectors and customs officials were also part of the
strike, which lasted until 1200 GMT Thursday.
The Associated Press reports that lawmakers in Greece are trying
to reform that country's welfare system and labor rules, including
pension reforms. Several hundred government workers reportedly
protested outside Parliament as the lawmakers debated.
When the strike ended, outgoing flights from Greek airports were
"extremely backed up", causing lengthy delays.
The austerity measures were instituted when Greece barely
avoided massive loan defaults in May, thanks to a $139 billion
bailout from the International Monetary Fund. The measures
triggered what has become a series of strikes and walkouts by angry
union employees, but Thursday was the first to involve air traffic
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