Public services have shut down across Greece as workers hold the first general strike since the country's left-led government initially came to power in January.

Public transport was severely disrupted Thursday, with the Athens metro not running, bus and trolley routes reduced and ferries tied up in port. The strike shut down museums, schools and pharmacies, while state hospitals were functioning with emergency staff.

More than a dozen domestic flights were canceled, while journalists also walked off the job, pulling news bulletins off the air except to report strike news.

Workers are protesting austerity measures imposed as part of Greece's third bailout. Two demonstrations were planned in Athens.

The labor policy division of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' left-wing Syriza party has backed the strike, calling for mass participation.