Commuters in Athens facing a tough week

Christmas shoppers and commuters in Athens are in for a tough week as public transport unions protest government plans to include workers in a unified civil service pay scale.

The action begins on Wednesday with a four-hour strike from 5 to 9 a.m. on the Athens metro, the Kifissia-Piraeus electrical railway (ISAP) and the tram, as well as a 48-hour stoppage on OSE rail routes and the Proastiakos suburban railway.

The Proastiakos strike means that there will be no metro service to the airport.

On Thursday, meanwhile, the metro, ISAP and tram will be out of service all day due to a 24-hour strike.

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