OTE workers strike in protest at privatisation plan

20 Sep 2006

Staff at Greek incumbent telco OTE yesterday staged a 24-hour strike to protest government plans to sell its remaining stake in the company. The strike was led by a union representing maintenance and other service workers, and did not directly affect the operation of OTE’s telephony network. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis reiterated the state’s intentions to sell its remaining 38.7% interest in OTE to a European strategic investor, angering unions which are planning further strikes this year to demand improved salaries and benefits.

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