Air travel: Strike by controllers closed several airports in the south of the country.
Schools: Thousands of schools closed or offered pupils little more than supervision.
Post: Few deliveries but main post offices were open and offered a minimum service.
Hospitals: emergency services and basics only.
Police: forbidden to strike but refused to hand out parking tickets, substituting fake tickets explaining the strike.
Government and local authority offices shut.
Forecasters refused to predict the weather.