Transport disruption resumes Friday

Commuters face more public transport upheaval on Friday as work stoppages by protesting employees will disrupt virtually all services expect the metro and tram.

Bus workers are to walk off the job between 11 a.m. and 3.30 p.m., trolley bus staff are to walk out from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and staff on the Piraeus-Kifissia electric railway (ISAP) are planning a work stoppage from noon to 4 p.m.

Staff on the metro, whose 24-hour strike earlier this week was declared illegal and abusive, have not called any action for Friday. The tram is to operate as normal too.

Transport Minister Dimitris Reppas earlier this week appealed to citizens to show tolerance as his government prepares to push through deeply unpopular reforms of loss-making public transport companies. The reforms are to be voted on in Parliament within the next two weeks.

Reppas has also called on managers of public transport companies to use all legal means to ensure that services operate while seeking to appease the concerns of unionists by stressing that public transport companies will not be privatized.

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