Greece: Transport staff walk out as part of general strike ahead of vote on labour law reforms

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ATHENS ground to a halt today as public transport staff walked out for the second time in a week as part of a general strike ahead of a vote on labour law reforms.

The communist-affiliated All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) called the action, which was joined by workers from multiple sectors angered over government plans that would effectively outlaw the right to strike and for unions to organise collectively.

They fear the legislation, which Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis insists will benefit workers, will lead to longer hours and fewer rights.

The Bill, which has been described by unions as “a monstrosity,” allows employees to work up to 10 hours on one day and enables bosses and workers to make agreements, bypassing trade unions.

Ships remained docked at ports while buses and trains were suspended as workers joined the strike.