Strike halts metro on Thursday

There will be no service on the Athens metro on Thursday due to a strike by staff protesting pay cuts, unionists said Tuesday.

SELMA, one of the unions representing Athens metro employees, said its members object to their inclusion in the unified pay structure for civil servants — a move which, they say, amounts to the abolition of their collective labor agreement.

In a statement Tuesday, unionists apologized to commuters saying they had exhausted all possibilities for negotiations with the government.