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Greece hit by 48-hour general strike

Reuters/John Kolesidis

Greece was in the grip of a 48 hour general strike on Tuesday with no public transport operating apart from the metro, and many people staying away from work, in the fourth such action this year.

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Metro employees decided not to strike to allow Athenians to join protests in the capital, but banks were closed and hospitals functioned with reduced staffing levels.

Dozens of domestic flights operated by Greek airlines Olympic Air and Aegean were cancelled because air traffic controllers also went on strike.

Dossier: Eurozone in crisis

The strikes are in protest at the package of austerity measures currently being debated in the Greek parliament, which Athens must impose if it is to be allowed the next slice of the bailout funding agreed last year with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union.

Approval would also allow work to proceed on a second such bailout.

Meanwhile the Greek press on Tuesday welcomed a French-led long-term rescue plan for Greece. 

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