Strikes against omnibus bill to affect Athens public transport on Friday

Strike action protesting against the draft omnibus bill tabled in Parliament will seriously hamper public transport in Athens on Friday and the following Monday, when MPs are to vote the bill into law.

Workers on Athens metro lines 2 & 3 (red and blue lines) and tram lines have declared a 24-hour strike on Friday, while staff on the Piraeus-Kifissia electric railway (green line) have called a work stoppage from 12:00-15:00.

Contrary to earlier reports, trolleybuses and public transport buses will be running normally on Friday but their unions have declared a 24-hour strike the following Monday, as have the staff unions of the Piraeus-Kifissia electric railway line.

According to sources, metro trains are also expected to be out of action on Monday, as their staff unions intend to call a new 24-hour strike on that day.

Outside Athens, the country’s railway network and the Proastiakos suburban railway line will be running normally but air-traffic controllers have called a three-hour work stoppage on Monday from noon to 15:00 in the afternoon.

The seamen’s union federation (PNO) has also called a 24-hour strike with a prospect to escalate throughout Greece on Friday, from 00:01 until 24:00, when ships will remain docked throughout the day, including the crews of tugs and rescue boats.

Source ANA-MPA
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