Commuters face more upheaval on Wednesday

Commuters are to face more public transport upheaval on Wednesday as staff on the metro, the Piraeus-Kifissia electric railway (ISAP) and the tram are to stage a work stoppage from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bus drivers have also planned to walk off the job from 11 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. and trolley bus workers between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Congestion in central Athens on Wednesday is expected to be aggravated as teachers have planned protest rallies against draft reforms affecting their sector. Similar congestion is expected in central Athens on Friday when lawyers protesting plans to open up their sector to competition are to march on Parliament.

Transport staff are protesting reforms aimed at streamlining their services. The reforms foresee the transfer of staff to other posts in the broader public sector but, according to sources, the government is considering excluding drivers and station masters from these transfers as a concession to unionists.

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