Strikes pause in Greece, more protests planned

Transport workers in Greece have ended a two-week protest campaign against new austerity cuts, but public sector unions are planning fresh strikes over steep pay cuts that took effect this year.

FILE - In this March 17 2012, file photo, immigrants holding placards that read "Nazis Out - Workers United Never Defied" march during a protest against racist attacks in Athens. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis, File)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Transport workers in Greece have ended a two-week protest campaign against new austerity cuts, but public sector unions are planning fresh strikes over steep pay cuts that took effect this year.

Public bus drivers voted to return to work early Wednesday, ending a campaign of rolling strikes and stoppages in the public transport system against cuts imposed as part of Greece's commitments made to its euro partners and the International Monetary Fund in return for bailout money needed to avoid bankruptcy.

The government used emergency powers to force subway employees back to work last week

The reductions, which will cut 25 percent from the incomes of public servants, triggered a broader 24-hour strike planned for Thursday that will disrupt transport and other state-run service services.
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