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Greece: Strike on Thursday to Halt Metro, Tram

November 23, 2020

ATHENS — There will be no tram and metro services in Athens this Thursday after staff in STASY, the fixed-rail public transport organisation, decided to join a 24-hour strike called by the Athens Labour Centre.

In an announcement, STASY SA employees said that they were "not willing to accept the use of the pandemic as a 'tool' for passing anti-labour legislation to trample decades of rights and entitlements."

"It is clear that the government's proposals for the abolition of the eight-hour day, unpaid overtime, additional restrictions of strike action, weakening the possibility for labour disputes, reduced benefits for the working class via OAED, further weakening of the possibilities for signing collective agreements and many others cannot be accepted by the workers," the announcement added.

They also called for the strengthening of measures for the pandemic in STASY, including facilities for the testing of staff for Covid-19 at the company's expense and the signing of a new collective labour agreement.

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