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Greek Electric Utility Workers Will Protest Privatization

December 4, 2017

ATHENS – Workers at two Public Power Corporation units in Greece being put up for sale by a government which vowed to stop it said they will rally against the plan and warned of more severe actions.

PPC is the electric utility that provides power and the workers don’t want the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA-led coalition to sell off 40 percent of its lignite-powered plants in a country where they are no nuclear plants and there is reliance on fossil fuels.

Workers at the company’s Florina plant in northern Greece, as well as hundreds of residents whose livelihoods depend on the business, said they would gather on Dec. 4 outside the factory, while a similar rally will be held on Dec. 6 at the PPC plant in Megalopoli in the Peloponnese.

Speaking on SKAI TV,  the head of the PPC union, GENOP, Giorgos Adamidis, said the government needs to brace for a “tough situation.” “I don’t know whether there will be blackouts… but there will certainly be strikes,” he said.

There have been scores of thousands of protests and strikes against austerity measures that began to be imposed in 2010 after successive governments agreed to what turned into three international bailouts of 326 billion euros ($386.47 billion), but none of them have worked.

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