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Athens Metro workers on 24h strike, March 28

March 27, 2023
FEATURED, Society, Strikes


Athens metro workers’ union SELMA will launch a 24-hour strike οn Tuesday, March 28, 2023 to protest problems that hamper the safe provision of rail transport services for the roughly 1.5 million passengers that use the metro system each day.

The strike will reportedly affect Metro Lines 2 and 3 (Athens-Airport).

All other public transport means will operate as usual, including the Tram and urban train ISAP (Metro Line 1) that had also announced a strike last week.

Among the problems raised by the union are a shortage of some 847 staff in various positions, the lack of new trains and of spare parts for trains and other rail infrastructure, the failure to uphold agreements and the need to update and review procedures for work on the lines and the network, as well as others.

“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 privatization policies, the anti-labour laws on pensions, on labor agreements, of the poverty and unemployment that now threatens the entire planet,” the announcement said.

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