Thessaloniki metro workers see more delays

The aim of getting Thessaloniki’s much-delayed metro up and running by 2016 is not attainable, representatives of workers who are constructing its tunnels and stations said on Tuesday.

Haris Kyprianidis, speaking on behalf of the metro workers, told journalists that numerous archaeological finds, problems with land appropriations and a lack of funding means that the project will not be completed before 2020.

He said recent claims that the tunnel-boring machines are working again are not true.

Another union representative, Dimitris Pappas, who is also an archaeologist, also said that 28 percent of the digs for ancient artifacts have yet to be completed.

He added that the government might need to find more than the 42 million euros in funding for the archaeological work it has lined up to complete the digs, on top of 92 million already spent.