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