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Change of station guard seems set

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The Transport Ministry’s plans to end the involvement of private security firms in guarding Athens’s metro, electric railway (ISAP) and tram stations seem even more certain after a guard was filmed abusing a migrant at Kifissia station on Sunday.

STASY, the company that manages fixed-track modes of public transport in the capital, asked the JCB security firm, which is responsible for guarding the station, to take action against its employee after a passenger filmed him harassing an African man over the size of his suitcase and trying to force him to leave the carriage.

STASY employees complained that some security guards lacked training, which affects passengers and the transport company’s image.

The Transport Ministry wants to terminate the contract STASY has with four security firms, which costs 4 million euros per year, and reach a deal costing around 2 million euros with the police for the guarding of stations.