ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Athens metro and rail workers have walked off the job in the latest of a series of almost daily strikes and protests in the run up to a crucial vote on austerity reforms.
The workers shut down the subway system for several hours Monday and are to hold a motorized demonstration through central Athens on motorcycles and scooters. They are protesting a shakeup of the public transport sector that is part of Greece’s cost-cutting plan to improve public finances.
All public transport workers are to hold a 24-hour strike on Tuesday, when Parliament is set to vote on the reforms.
Greece is overhauling its economy and implementing a strict austerity program in return for euro110 billion ($149 billion) in rescue loans from the International Monetary Fund and fellow euro countries.