Workers protest as transport bill voted into law

Commuters faced another day of problems in Athens on Tuesday as workers on all modes of public transport walked off the job in protest at a raft of reforms to the debt-ridden transport sector that were due to be voted through Parliament late that night.

Tuesday?s action, the latest in a string of strikes and work stoppages by transport employees, led to heavy congestion in the city center as thousands of Athenians took out their cars.

Commuters will face fewer problems on Wednesday when workers on city buses are to stage a walkout between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

One amendment submitted in Parliament earlier on Tuesday by Transport Minister Dimitris Reppas makes the non-payment of a ticket on public transport a misdemeanor, meaning that offenders will face up to three months in jail as well as fine.

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