Defying Law, No Staff Worked During Greek Transport Strike

September 23, 2022

ATHENS – A requirement to keep a skeleton staff on duty during strikes in Greece was ignored by officials of the country’s bus and trolley operators and metro subway system.

The New Democracy government passed the minimum staff mandate

In June, 2021 but – as have a number of other measures – it hasn’t been forced and there were no penalties for defying it.

That’s because since it became effective, the workers union and administration of the public transport services haven’t been able to agree over how to set up a skeleton staff and who would be working during strikes.

“The unions made known their decision for the 24-hour strike action at noon the day before,” the Managing Director of railway operator STASY, Thanassis Kottaras, who took office last June, told Kathimerini.

“This is despite the fact that until the announcement of their decision they had never publicly expressed their opposition to the draft law, which had been known since the beginning of August,” he also said.


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