Saturday April 19, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
17o C
11o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
No end to transport woes

 Metro to remain closed for seventh day as unions plan more strikes this week

Commuters in Athens face more inconvenience over the coming days as public transport unions are digging in their heels regarding their resistance to wage reductions, prompting the government to consider issuing civil mobilization orders to force the employees back to work.

The capital’s metro network is to remain closed for a seventh consecutive day on Wednesday, despite a court decision on Monday deeming the protest action, led by the main metro workers’ union SELMA, illegal.

There will be no service on the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway or the tram between noon and 4 p.m. Beyond fixed-track transport – managed by STASY – buses and trolley buses will also be out of circulation between 11 and 5 p.m.

There is a strong possibility of further action this week. Unions representing transport workers met on Tuesday in a bid to coordinate strike action. SELMA did not take part in the talks, prompting speculation about whether the metro union is attempting to convince other labor groups to call rolling 24-hour strikes.

Tuesday’s meeting, however, produced a tentative agreement over protests for next week. On Tuesday, workers on all modes of public transport will walk off the job between noon and 4 p.m. A 24-hour strike is being planned for Thursday, January 31.

Sources suggested the government may turn to civil mobilization orders in order to ensure that metro workers return to to their jobs.

On Monday, Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis accused the majority of striking workers of still claiming wages on strike days by declaring them as paid leave or sick days. This prompted an angry response from unionists, leaving little room for negotiations between the two sides.

The unions are protesting transport workers being brought under a new civil service wage structure. As a result of the switch, STASY’s salary bill is to be reduced from 97.7 million euros in 2012 to 74.6 million this year. Average gross wages without overtime on the metro will fall from about 2,500 euros to 2,038.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday Jan 22, 2013 (22:13)  
Greek Christians mark rare Good Friday in north Cyprus
Greece offers to help find Turkish F-16 lost in 1996
Talks lined up in wake of ‘shameful’ soccer scenes
Dimou quits To Potami over Holy Fire quip
Eurobank share offering on April 25-29
Greece's third largest lender Eurobank, which is issuing new shares to help plug a capital shortfall, said on Friday that the cash call will take place from April 25 to 29. The transaction o...
PPC to issue corporate bond of 500 mln
Public Power Corporation is planning to tap the markets after Easter with the issue of a corporate bond to draw 500 million euros. The Energy Ministry is also eagerly awaiting the issue, as ...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
Greens lose badly as CSKA Moscow
Panathinaikos has a mountain to climb in order to reach the Final Four of the Euroleague after losing at CSKA Moscow on Friday for a second time in two days, only this time it was comprehens...
BASKETBALL
Former Red Bourousis wrecks Olympiakos´s hopes for a break
Olympiakos tried harder in Game 2 of the Euroleague play-offs in Spain, and Real Madrid was not as good on Thursday as in Game 1, but the Spaniards still emerged victorious on the night with...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
The placebo effect and the economy
Among the greatest mistakes made in the years of Greece’s hard landing is that citizens did not get the chance to sense that aside from austerity and pain the economic adjustment program als...
COMMENTARY
Ukraine is a crisis—but not a Cold War
Given Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the imposition of US and European sanctions, and the potential for more escalation in Ukraine, we are witnessing the most important geopolitical events s...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Greek Christians mark rare Good Friday in north Cyprus
2. Eurobank share offering on April 25-29
3. Greens lose badly as CSKA Moscow
4. Former Red Bourousis wrecks Olympiakos´s hopes for a break
5. PPC to issue corporate bond of 500 mln
6. Greece offers to help find Turkish F-16 lost in 1996
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greek Christians mark rare Good Friday in north Cyprus
2. Eurobank share offering on April 25-29
3. Greece startup leaders say they can’t break jobless cycle alone
4. Ground-breaking Good Friday mass signals thaw in Cyprus
5. Mayoral candidates clash over Athens mosque plans
6. Seven arrested over Toumba violence
Today
This Week
1. Greece's market return mirrors return of tourists
2. Samaras sees no need for third bailout
3. Parties start announcing candidates for European Parliament elections
4. Greece startup leaders say they can’t break jobless cycle alone
5. Ground-breaking Good Friday mass signals thaw in Cyprus
6. IMF's Thomsen says Greece not fully financed to 2016
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.