Athens metro strike on Tuesday called off

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Athens metro Lines 2 and 3 (red and blue lines) will operate as normal on Tuesday after the staff union SELMA said on Monday that there is "a communication pipeline to resolve employees' issues."

The union had called a 24-hour warning strike, raising among others the issues of shortage of some 847 staff in various positions, lack of new trains and parts for trains and other rail infrastructure, failure to uphold agreements and the need to update and review procedures for work on the lines and the network.

When announcing the strike, SELMA had said in a statement, "For us railway workers, it is the right time, in agreement with the demands of French workers and after the tragic accident in Tempi, to highlight the consequences of the privatisation policies, the anti-labour laws on pensions, on labour agreements, of the poverty and unemployment that now threatens the entire planet," the announcement said.

The calling off of the strike also means that Line 1 of the Athens metro (Ilektrikos) and the tram services will also operate normally on Tuesday.

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