Strikes by pharmacists, public transports

Strikes by pharmacists against changes envisioned in draft bill for liberalising their profession along with transport strikes in the greater Athens area were announced for on Wednesday.

Pharmacies in Piraeus will open on Wednesday and will be closed again on Friday and on Monday, Feb. 7 following a decision by the Piraeus Pharmacists Association to participate in the strikes called by the Panhellenic Pharmacists Association.

The Piraeus pharmacists will decide on their future stance in a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

Meanwhile, public transport strikes continue in Athens. Buses, trolleys and the electric railway will not run on Wednesday, while the Metro and tram will run according to schedule unless their personnel make a last minute decision to participate in the strike mobilizations.

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Dimitris Reppas underlined that dialogue cannot continue indefinitely and that the government has given the opportunity to the public transport employees to express their views.

The draft law on public transport will be voted in parliament in no less than 15 days.

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