General News: Work stoppages in Athens transports on Friday

Commuters in the greater Athens region will face more public transport work-stoppages on Friday, although fewer problems are expected compared to previous days, when the Greek capital was plagued by repeated strikes against the draft law reforming the sector.

Bus drivers will observe a work-stoppage between 11.00 and 15.30, trolley drivers between 11.00 and 15.00, while the Athens-Piraeus Electric Railway (ISAP) will face a four-hour work-stoppage beginning at noon.

The public transport employee unions will decide their future stance by next Monday.

Speaking in Parliament, Infrastructure, Transport & Networks Minister Dimitris Reppas said that between 2004 and 2009, the Greek state has subsidised the greater Athens area's public transport organisations with 727 million euros, while 1.6 billion euros was indirectly allocated to pay their loans. The overall debt of the public transport agencies is estimated at 3.8 billion euros.


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