Athens: 24 hrs rail workers strike

he Greek TrainOSE railway company, which operates nearly all of the country’s railway lines, as well as the ROSCO rail rolling stock servicing and maintenance company, are set to be privatized as part of the Tsipras government deal with international creditors to unlock further funds under the indebted country’s third bailout package. The companies will put up for a tender sale on Wednesday.

The privatization will hurt ordinary Greeks, the union said, stressing that rail fares will rise and safety will decline.

The strike was previously planned for June 22, with the date later changed alongside the date of the tender for the two companies. The Athens metro will also come to a stop, making travel to and from the Athens International Airport difficult.

The walkout follows a series of short daily strikes that has taken place each morning and evening since June 28.