Tuesday 17 October 2017

Public transport strike in Athens snarls traffic

A woman crosses tracks during a 24-hour strike by railway workers in Greece (AP)
A woman crosses tracks during a 24-hour strike by railway workers in Greece (AP)

Most workers on the Greek capital's public transport system have walked out in a 24-hour strike to protest over privatisations that are part of the country's international bailout conditions.

Wednesday's strike halted trains, the suburban railway and the Athens subway, snarling up traffic in the capital. Trams also stopped running for four hours from 10am to 2pm.

Public transport workers gathered outside the offices of the country's privatisation agency to protest against plans to privatise the railway system.

Greece has been dependent on rescue loans from other Eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund in three international bailouts since 2010.

Years of profligate spending and lax fiscal management had led to a deep financial crisis.

In return for the loans, successive governments have had to implement austerity measures, including privatisations.


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