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Greeks protest transport workers' pay cuts

Saturday - 1/26/2013, 10:26am  ET

Metro arrives at Aghios Antonios station in western Athens after authorities use a rare civil mobilization to end the nine-day strike by metro workers' unions, on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Striking Athens metro workers returned to the job Friday, hours after the Greek government used riot police to evacuate holdouts from a subway depot, ending a bitter standoff over new austerity measures. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek workers have marched to parliament to protest upcoming pay cuts for transport workers and the government emergency decree that forced subway employees to end their strike.

The march Saturday by 2,000 members of the PAME union was peaceful.

On Friday, Greek riot police stormed the Athens subway depot to make sure that metro workers went back to work. The subway system had been shut down for nine days but running Friday afternoon. Bus workers have been striking since Thursday.

The debt-strapped Greek government wants to rip up subway workers' contracts and make their pay similar to other civil servants, which would mean pay cuts.

Transport unions are meeting later Saturday to decide on further action.


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