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Updated At:13:39 Thursday 3 July 2014

Blackouts are expected between 11am and 2pm, according to a provisional issued by the distribution network operator operator which is subject to changes depending on the power shortage and on the level of demand

A DEI power plantA DEI power plant Employees at Public Power Corporation (DEI) at midnight launched rolling strikes against the company’s privatisation bill, taking 13 units (3,400 MW) offline, according to a company announcement.

The distribution network operator announced the schedule for one-hour rolling power cuts in several areas of the country – excluding the cities of Athens and Thessaloniki – as a precaution against a possible collapse of the system.

The blackouts are scheduled between 11am and 2pm. The schedule is provisional, the operator said, and is subject to changes depending on the power shortage and on the level of demand.

No problems have been reported so far, as demand is still low. The use of air-conditioning units may cause certain problems later in the day.


Click on the links for details (in Greek) on the power cuts in the following areas:

Attica

Thessaloniki prefecture

Peloponnnese and Epirus

Central Greece, Macedonia and Thrace


DEI has filed a lawsuit seeking to have the strike declared illegal and abusive. A ruling was expected at 1pm

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Wednesday slammed opposition party and trade union criticism of the “small DEI” privatisation plan as a “bad joke”.

“I will on no account allow fanatical populists and those filling the Greek people with false impressions to deprive us of the right to progress. The right to progress passes through privatisations,” Samaras underlined.

On Wednesday evening, a protest was held against the privatisation bill in Amynteo, in the northwestern prefecture of Florina, while a new rally has been scheduled for Thursday noon in Florina.

DEI employees union Genop has also called for a rally outside the company’s headquarters in Athens for 7pm.

EnetEnglish, ANA-MPA

Original Source: Eleftherotypia

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