Pub­lic trans­port walk­outs put more cars on city roads

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Athens metro work­ers called off a 24-hour strike sched­uled for Thurs­day late last night but re­fused to bow on a walk­out planned to be­gin af­ter 9 p.m. to­mor­row, sow­ing con­fu­sion among com­muters who will be forced to seek other travel op­tions, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

Metro staff have held sev­eral strikes and walk­outs in re­cent weeks over a se­ries of gripes. They ob­ject to plans to in­clude trans­port or­ga­ni­za­tions in a state as­set utiliza­tion fund and have been de­mand­ing retroac­tive pay­ment of higher so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions for peo­ple with jobs cat­e­go­rized as po­ten­tially haz­ardous for the 2001-11 pe­riod.

The up­heaval has led to an in­crease in ve­hi­cles on the roads, Kathimerini un­der­stands, as city dwellers are in­creas­ingly re­sort­ing to us­ing their cars.

The tur­moil comes as author­i­ties scram­ble to com­plete Athens pub­lic trans­port ser­vices’ changeover to an elec­tronic tick­et­ing sys­tem. The old pa­per tick­ets are due to be dis­con­tin­ued to­mor­row.

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