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Metro and trams grind to a halt in Athens

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By Catherine Hardy
Metro and trams grind to a halt in Athens

Metro, urban rail and tram workers in Athens have walked off the job for 24 hours. They are angry about legislation that would allow the Athens transport organisation to use stations for commercial purposes.

Thursday’s strike snarled traffic across the city. Buses were the only form of transport. Workers have also declared 24-hour strikes for March 1 and 3 for the same reason.

Workers’ unions demanded the legislation be withdrawn, saying it would deprive the metro organisation of funds and undermine its public character.

There are frequent strikes in Greece across a wide variety of sectors. They have focused on labour reforms and spending cuts in recent years, imposed as part of the country’s international bailout.