Athens hit by one-day transport strike against cuts

Tram, metro and ISAP trains will not run on Thursday as workers join a 24-hour strike in protest at the government’s austerity measures.

Blue buses and trolley buses will run as normal.

Unionists called the action to protest fresh cuts to wages and pensions that have already been voted through Parliament as well as the repercussions of earlier reforms on their sector.

Staff transfers and the decision by hundreds of workers to opt for early retirement to avoid a new barrage of cuts have caused operational problems and led to a spike in fare dodging due to a lack staff for carrying out inspections, according to workers.

Meanwhile, Culture Ministry staff have decided to stage demonstrations every Thursday through March to protest spending cuts.

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