Workers on the Athens Metro subway system said they will continue their strike for a third day on Saturday, Jan. 19 and are demanding they be exempted from pay cuts being extended to public workers across the board.
Unionists, who oppose the government’s plans to reduce their wages, met on Jan. 18 and agreed to continue their walk out. They have frequently shut down the city’s subway system over the last nearly three years in protest against austerity measures imposed by the government on the order of international lenders.
Transport Minister Costis Hatzidakis said that, “No group of workers will be exempted from the unified salary structure,” referring to a new reduced wage scale for civil servants. “There is no scope for concessions,” the minister said, noting that the measures must be implemented as part of the country’s commitments to foreign creditors.