Despite warnings from the coalition government, the employees of public electrical company DEI carried out their threat and took thirteen power plants off line after midnight on Wednesday.

Employee union GENOP DEI has arranged a demonstration outside the electrical company’s HQ in downtown Athens for 7pm. Public sector trade union ADEDY, which is currently protesting against staff reviews, has announced that it will support the demonstration.

Due to the strike, power outages may be expected and as such, the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (DEDDIE) has announced a tentative schedule for the rolling black outs.

The scheduled black outs, which are take place between 11am and 2pm will be updated according to electrical needs and other factors. Customers can receive up-to-date information by calling the 24-hour DEDDIE hotline at 210-6241860.

The electricity distribution network operator explained that the black outs would be spread out amongst all areas in order to lessen the impact. DEDDIE has urged people to reduce electricity consumption during peak hours (11:00-16:00 and 20:00-22:00) and to avoid using escalators during the strike.