Strikes have returned to Athens. To protest upcoming austerity measures, the municipal workers including metro employees and trash collectors are on a 48hr strike (Oct 13-14). This time however, the Cultural Ministry has joined the strike causing the shut-down of major tourist attractions in Athens.
While in Greece in early September, I only encountered a metro strike the day we arrived which meant we took a taxi ride into Athens – not a huge burden. But air traffic controller strikes and the shut-down of essential tourist locations will make travel to Greece very inconvenient for visitors.
My sense of the Greek economy is that these cut-backs are essential and are long due. I hope these issues can be resolved and the measures adopted without continued social unrest.