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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 July 2005, 13:24 GMT 14:24 UK
Greek unions hold national strike
Tourists walk past a deserted tram station in central Athens during the 24-hour strike
The strike is causing disruption at the height of the tourist season
Public and private sector workers in Greece are holding a 24-hour strike to protest against the government's labour reform plans.

Trains, airlines and passenger ferries have had limited services, causing disruption at the height of Greece's tourist season.

Bank workers, hospital employees and civil servants are also taking part.

Parliament is debating a draft law which would allow employers to impose more flexible working hours.

An ongoing government drive to reform the labour market and increase productivity has sparked opposition from the unions, leading to strikes in several sectors over recent months.

The unions were expected to hold a mass demonstration later on Tuesday in front of the Greek parliament.





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