Athens trans­port strikes come with hefty price tags

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As com­muters in Athens brace for more strikes by fixed-rail trans­porta­tion staff, STASY, the com­pany that man­ages the Greek cap­i­tal’s metro, ISAP elec­tric rail­way and tram, finds it­self los­ing pre­cious funds be­cause of walk­outs.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from STASY’s 2016 bud­get, a 24-hour strike by its work­ers costs the com­pany a to­tal of 652,221 euros. Of that, 418,888 euros rep­re­sents losses from rev­enues (ac­cord­ing to firstquar­ter data) while the re­main­der ac­counts for wages that are paid to strik­ing em­ploy­ees.

To­day, there will be no tram or metro from noon to 4 p.m. On Thurs­day, Satur­day and De­cem­ber 2, ISAP will halt ser­vices from 9 p.m. on­ward, while also hold­ing a stop­page next Mon­day from the start of the day to 10 a.m. and next Wed­nes­day from noon to 4 p.m.

Ac­cord­ing to STASY, a fourhour walk­out costs the com­pany 130,444 euros and a one-hour stop­page comes with a price tag of 32,611 euros.

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