Tourists hit by Greece power cuts

Tourists hit by Greece power cuts

Travellers to Greece face the prospect of power cuts and black outs as mass protests against tough government austerity measures continue across the country.

Efforts are being made to avoid power cuts in tourist areas and densely populated districts, but it was reported yesterday that some tourist hotels were affected.

Union leaders at Public Power Corporation, which produces more than 90% of electricity in Greece, are protesting against the company’s planned privatisation under the terms of a second international bail-out for the country.

A series of rolling 48-hour strikes are prompting the power cuts as temperatures rise ahead of the summer peak holiday period.

The strike has affected operations at some 16 power plants around Greece with a combined capacity of 3,750 megawatts, and representing roughly a third of PPC's total power capacity.

PPC managers have appealed for people to reduce consumption during the midday and evening peak periods amid warning of blackouts across the country.

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