Civil servants strike disrupts travel in Greece

WASHINGTON -- Greek civil servants went on strike May 29 to protest government pension and tax reforms, disrupting travel across the nation, officials at the Greek Embassy here confirmed.

According to published reports, thousands of protesters clogged streets in Athens, bringing traffic to a halt. Meanwhile, ferry services from the port city of Piraeus to several Greek islands was cancelled and many domestic flights operated by national carrier Olympic Aviation were grounded. International flights by flag carrier Olympic Airways apparently were unaffected.

Further ferry strikes have been set for June 11 to 13 by unionized ship workers seeking higher pensions and bonuses, the embassy confirmed.

A strike last summer by culture ministry workers forced the Acropolis and scores of other Greek antiquity sites and museums to close temporarily.

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