ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ More than a million workers staged a one-day strike to protest an anti- strike law, and the capital was engulfed in one of its worst traffic jams as cars flooded the streets due to the lack of public transport.

The strike Thursday by government workers and the country's largest labor group, the General Confederation of Greek Workers, included employees of public transit and utilities.

In Athens, a city of 10 million, people fought for taxis and traffic doubled as authorities abandoned an odd-even license plate system that usually limits the number of private cars downtown.

The new anti-strike law will allow the state to operate utilities with skeleton staff during walkouts and make it easier to fire strikers.

The bill is due to become law on Saturday after passing Wednesday. The governing conservative party holds 152 seats in the 300-member Parliament.