Public transport will grind to a standstill in Athens on Friday and Saturday

Public transport will grind to a standstill in Athens on Friday and Saturday as busses, trolleys, the metro, tram and suburban railways will participate in the 48-hour strike called by Greece’s major umbrella unions to protest the social security and tax reform bills that will be voted on over the weekend.

“The government is attempting to surprise Greek society and vote summarily the social security bill over the weekend, which will give the final blow to welfare system and start a new tax raid,” the public transport unions said in a joint press release.

Trains and suburban railway are also participating in the three-day strike of private sector employees union GSEE, which last through Sunday. Employees at busses and trolleys will also hold a work stoppage on Sunday from the starts of their shift until 09:00 and from 21:00 until the end of their shift to mark Labour Day.