NEWS

No public transport on Tuesday due to strike

There will be no public transport in Athens on Tuesday as unions have decided to hold a 24-hour strike to coincide with Parliament voting on a bill reforming their sector.

The action will begin on Monday when workers on the metros and the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP) will walk off the job between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

This will be followed by a 24-hour strike on all modes of transport on Tuesday.

On the same day, workers are also due to stage a large protest in central Athens as MPs prepare to vote on a draft law that will lead to the overhaul of the way public transport companies are managed, a reduction in benefits and the transfer of some employees to other departments.

Unions say that the government?s reforms will lead to a lower quality service and will pave the way for some public transport companies to be privatized.