Protesters oppose OSE changes

Protesters gathered outside the Transport Ministry in Athens yesterday and called on the government to put an end to plans to reform the national railway organization OSE. The ministry said on Tuesday it intends to cut up to 3,000 jobs at the state-owned enterprise in a bid to help improve its financial situation. According to government figures, OSE is estimated to rack up debts of over 12 billion euros by 2010, from 7 billion euros currently. Other changes which the ministry intends to introduce by 2011 include a review of routes and fares, as well as an improvement of safety measures.