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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Greek railway workers and taxi drivers stage strikes

The separate stoppages have brought widespread disruption for the transport network.

Parked taxis on strike in central Athens (AP/Petros Giannakouris)
Parked taxis on strike in central Athens (AP/Petros Giannakouris)

By Associated Press Reporters

All Greek train routes have been suspended for the day as railway workers stage a 24-hour strike to protest against the privatisation of the rolling stock maintenance company and a lack of staff.

As part of Greece’s international bailout, successive governments have committed themselves to an ambitious privatisation programme.

Separately, taxi drivers walked off the job for nine hours to protest over the ride-sharing service Uber, which they claim has been tacitly supported by Greece’s bailout creditors.

A deserted railway crossing in Athens (AP/Petros Giannakouris)

The powerful greater Athens taxi association, SATA, said creditors had prevented ministers from cracking down on the platform, which they accuse of “siphoning work away” from licensed professionals.

Last year the association unsuccessfully lobbied for stricter operating limits on popular app-based taxi-ordering services.

Taxi drivers held a protest outside the finance ministry in central Athens, at one point attacking a passing car they believed to be with Uber, as well as a passing taxi which appeared to be working despite the strike. No injuries were reported.

The rail strike also affected the section of the Athens metro serving the capital’s international airport.

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