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Athens metro workers on 24h strike to join train crash protest

Workers at Athens Metro Lines 1, 2 and 3 will launch a 24-hour strike on Sunday, March 5, in order to participate in the protest rally at 11 a.m. at Syntagma square.

Metro unionists will join their colleagues at the Hellenic Train and other train unions who called for the protest over the deadly train crash.

Note, that the metro lines will operate from 9 am. to 4 p.m., to facilitate protesters’ attendance at the rally.

In statements the unionists declared “shocked and deeply saddened by the horrible accident in Tempi.”

They pointed out that “despite the warnings, written and verbal from the workers’ Unions, regarding the problems and security gaps, the absence of protection measures, the serious shortages in personnel and equipment, the authorities were ostentatiously deaf! Apparently, they are devotees of “if the setback doesn’t happen, then we don’t take steps to prevent it”. And that’s where the setback arose and even took on unimaginable and unbearable dimensions, bringing to our lips the unanswered “why?”.

They stressed that the political responsibility for this is enormous and we will not tolerate its transfer to scapegoats. Our demand: That the responsibilities be sought and that justice be served!”

They call for “immediate measures to be taken to restore and ensure so-called ‘railway safety’ so that we never again experience a tragedy of this magnitude!”

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