Greek power workers suspend planned rolling strikes

Workers at Greece's Public Power Corp suspended rolling 48-hour strikes they had planned to protest against government austerity measures.

Greek power workers suspend planned rolling strikes

Workers at Greece's state-controlled utility Public Power Corp (PPC) on Friday suspended rolling 48-hour strikes they had planned to protest against government austerity measures.

GENOP labour union members were due to start striking on May 25 in protest against the Socialist government's decision to cut state subsidies to its pension fund by 10 percent - part of its deal for a 110 billion euro ($137.5 billion) European Union/International Monetary Fund aid package for Greece.

Previous strikes by the union have disrupted power supplies and led to electricity cuts across the country.

The union said it was suspending the strikes after it got assurances by the Greek Labour Ministry that the measures would not harm the autonomy of its pension fund and assets.

"Our pressure bore fruit and that is why we are suspending our labour action," the union said.

Greece's main labour unions staged a 24-hour strike and a peaceful rally on Thursday to protest against a separate pension reform plan raising the retirement age and cutting benefits in the public and private sector.

Reuters

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