Athens faces second day of transit strike

ATHENS, Greece, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Transit workers protesting Greece's austerity plans were off the job for a second day Friday in Athens, officials said.

Workers on the Athens metro, the Piraeus-Kifissia electric railway and the tram abandoned their posts to protest government plans to transfer staff members and dock the pay of thousands of transportation workers, the Athens newspaper Ekathimerini reported.


More than 10 anti-austerity marches by teachers, students, civil servants, nurses and transport workers had compounded congestion in Athens' city center Thursday.

Air traffic controllers, who staged a 3-hour walkout Thursday, have scheduled a 24-hour strike Sunday that will force the cancellation of all incoming and outbound flights, officials said.

Taxi drivers are calling for a 48-hour strike on Tuesday and Wednesday next week but sources told Ekathimerini the dates may change.

General strikes have been called for Oct. 5 and Oct. 19.

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