Shopkeepers react to transport strike

The Athens Traders Association on Tuesday asked public transport employees to suspend industrial action planned for Wednesday and Thursday as an expression of solidarity with the hard-hit private sector in view of the upcoming holiday season.

Commuters in Athens are set to face fresh public transport disruptions on Wednesday and Thursday as workers’ unions have called for industrial action to protest their inclusion in the unified pay structure for civil servants.

Services on the city’s metro and Piraeus-Kifissia electric railway (ISAP) won’t start until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, while fixed-track transport – the metro, ISAP and tram – will not operate on Thursday due to a 24-hour strike called by urban rail transport workers.

TrainOSE is also suspending national and suburban (Proastiakos) railway services on Wednesday and Thursday in protest at the sell-off of its carriage maintainance department, which will disrupt services to Athens International Airport.

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