Strikes and fare dodg­ing cost­ing mil­lions

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Fare dodg­ing and re­peated strikes and work stop­pages by em­ploy­ees of the Greek trans­port sys­tem are cost­ing the state mil­lions in lost rev­enues.

Ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates last sum­mer, fare dodg­ing alone costs the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem be­tween 40 and 60 mil­lion euros per year, while, ac­cord­ing to the operator of Athens’s fixed­track pub­lic trans­port sys­tem, STASY, a one­day strike costs the com­pany 152,738 euros from the non-sale of tick­ets.

The loss is fur­ther aug­mented by the fact that work­ers still re­ceive pay when they walk off the job. Ac­cord­ing to STASY, daily wage costs are roughly 70,000 euros.

More specif­i­cally, a one-hour work stop­page – in a 20-hour shift – costs the com­pany about 7,636 euros.

Last week’s three-hour work stop­page set the com­pany back 22,908 euros. Roughly 725,000 com­muters use the Athens metro, the ISAP elec- tric rail line and the tram daily.

Work­ers are plan­ning new strike ac­tion for March 1 and 3.

Mean­while, the Ilioupoli and Aghia Paraskevi metro sta­tions will be closed to­mor­row and Sun­day as part of on­go­ing work to in­stall ticket bar­ri­ers in a bid to crack down on fare dodg­ing.

The Peris­teri metro sta­tion will also be shut down on Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day for the same rea­son.

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