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Unions threaten to keep Athens at a standstill

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Unions threaten to keep Athens at a standstill


Underground stations in the Greek capital remain deserted, as striking subway workers defy a government order to go back to work.

Lawmakers have threatened the strikers with arrest if they continue their eight-day industrial action over pay.

The government says it will not be held hostage by its unions but strike leader Antonis Stamatopoulos says they are far from backing down:

“If they want to lay off people, let them come and do so. They will take dead people from here. And not only from here but from all around Greece. From tomorrow, nothing will be moving.”

So, despite the government invoking emergency legislation to force people back to work, the strike looks set to escalate.

While nothing is happening underground, up on the streets of Athens several thousand people have been on the move, protesting against tax hikes and spending cuts.

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