#UK Greek journalists stage walkout ahead of general strike

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Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speaks to the lawmakers of his Syriza party at the parliament in Athens, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Greece's European creditors have said they will consider some form of debt relief for Greece after they complete a first review of reforms the country must take under its new three-year bailout, an 86 billion euro package agreed on in July with the coalition government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek journalists are holding a 24-hour strike a day before a nationwide anti-austerity strike — the country’s second in a month — that is expected to disrupt all public services.

Radio and television news bulletins were pulled off the air Wednesday, and news websites were not being refreshed after 6 a.m. local time (0400 GMT). No Thursday newspapers will be published.

Greece’s two largest unions, which cover the public and private sectors, have called a general strike for Thursday to protest the government’s budget, which is to be voted on in Parliament Saturday night, and pension reforms.

The strike will disrupt public transport, including domestic flights and ferries to the islands, and public hospitals, while schools will be shut. Lawyers have said they will also join in.

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