Metro & train strike causes huge traffic jams across Athens


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

The strike brought traffic across the city to a complete standstill, frustrating commuters. Buses were the only form of transport. Workers have also declared a 24-hour strike for Friday, March 3.

Workers’ unions demanded the legislation be withdrawn, saying it would deprive the metro organisation of funds and undermine its public character.

There are many strikes taking place across a variety of sectors in Greece, as the government has focused on labour reforms and spending cuts in recent years, imposed as part of the country’s international bailout.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.