Greek Workers Strike Over High Prices, Low Wages

Public services were halted as thousands of Greek workers staged a general strike that lasted 24 hours to demand higher wages amid soaring electricity and food prices.

More than 10,000 people marched through Athens on Wednesday in two demonstrations, while about 9,000 more protested in Thessaloniki in the north, according to police estimates.

“For the last 14 years, workers have been bearing the burden of a deep crisis that affected the income and the lives of everyone,” said the General Confederation of Greek Workers union (GSEE), referring to the Greek financial crisis that started in 2009 and lasted for a decade.

“We are striking and demanding the government take measures here and now.”

Public transport was largely paused during the strike. Ferries to and from Greek islands were left in ports while Athens without a subway, trolley or suburban railway. Buses were to run for 12 hours from 9 a.m.

Inflation in Greece surged to a 25-year high of 7.2 percent in February driven by soaring energy costs exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine.

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