Major travel disruption is expected in Greece over Easter, when rail workers will proceed with a series of strikes.
The Panhellenic Federation of Railway Workers (POS) has announced three-hour work stoppages for Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday and 24-hour strikes for Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Meanwhile a freight workers’ strike is expected to last throughout Holy Week.
Railway employees are demanding the signing of a collective labor agreement as well as further recruitment, and are protesting against redundancies and privatization.
The new labour reforms demanded by the country’s EU-IMF creditors have stirred intense reactions and continuing strikes by Greek unions. Employees in both private and public sectors have been taking to the streets and downing tools in protest at the government’s plans to increase taxes, reduce salaries and proceed with further layoffs.
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