The Greek union at the national electricity supplier, GENOP/DEI-KHE, is planning a series of strikes against the restructuring and privatisation of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) – the country’s electricity supplier. The Greek government unveiled a …

Walton Pantland Europe, Greece,

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The Greek union at the national electricity supplier, GENOP/DEI-KHE, is planning a series of strikes against the restructuring and privatisation of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) – the country’s electricity supplier. The Greek government unveiled a plan on May 15 for the privatisation. This is the second power utility to be privatised, after the gas supplier DESFA in 2013.

The plan, presented by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, has a timetable of completion by 2015 and is included in a memorandum of economic policy agreed with the Troika. Ministry officials said the plan will attract direct investment and increase capital flows, helping Greece to emerge from the economic crisis. They claim that privatisation will also ensure the creation of healthy competition and the liberalisation of the electricity market in Greece.

However the union – which represents about 20,000 workers in the power company – opposes the privatisation plan, arguing that an important Greek asset will be “torn by the wolves of international finance”.

Strikes at all PPC sites across Greece will start at midnight on Wednesday. This includes power stations, mines and hydroelectric projects.

GENOP members repair a broken power line in the Greek mountains


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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