` Greek Labour Unions Stage a ` Nationwide Strike ‘ to Protest Austerity prior to Angela Merkel’s Visit ‘

#AceWorldNews – ATHENS – April 09 – Greek labour unions staged a nationwide strike on Wednesday to protest against austerity policies imposed on the country by its foreign creditors, Reuters reported.

The strike comes as Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to visit Athens this week.

Schools and pharmacies were shut, ships remained docked at ports and hospitals operated on emergency staff.

Transport in Athens was disrupted due to the walkout called by private sector union GSEE and its public sector counterpart ADEDY.

The disruption could be most keenly felt in maritime transport such as the ferry services and also on the railways.

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