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Mass transit work stoppages on Monday

Δημοσίευση 10 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 11:55 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Mass transit work stoppages on Monday
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Commuters in the greater Athens area are expected to face renewed inconvenience on Monday due to work stoppages announced by unions representing mass transit workers in the traffic-plagued Greek capital.

Commuters in the greater Athens area are expected to face renewed inconvenience on Monday due to work stoppages announced by unions representing mass transit workers in the traffic-plagued Greek capital.

Unions are continuing protests against pending government measures aimed to slash massive operating losses by public transport providers, mainly mergers, payroll cuts and transfers of excess personnel.

Specifically, the Athens metro and the electric rail line (ISAP) are expected to be out of service between noon and 4 p.m. on Monday. Additionally, buses, trolley buses and the tram lines will also observe a work stoppage between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Unions will hold assemblies at noon to take decisions on a future course of action.

According to reports, one widely circulated proposal is for work stoppages on Tuesday and Wednesday and a 24-hour strike on Thursday.

Managements in the state-run mass transit companies are expected to seek court injunctions against the threatened industrial actions.

Fare increases

In a related development, the government announced an increase in public transport fares in Athens as of Feb. 1.

The relevant deputy minister said tickets in the capital will increase to 1.20 euros for ordinary fares and to 1.40 for the combined transport fares, valid for 90 minutes. Moreover, the monthly rides card for all public transport means reach 45 euros, up from the current 35.

Protest against bus fare increases in Thessaloniki

Meanwhile, supporters of the movement "Passengers of Thessaloniki" carried out a protest in downtown Thessaloniki and a symbolic takeover of buses, reacting to scheduled fare increases by the Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organisation (OASTh).

Protesters boarded five buses and raised banners against the increases, calling on passengers to not validate their tickets.