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Greek transport workers defy court, go on 24-hour strike

Greek transport workers defy court, go on 24-hour strike

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ATHENS, Greece — Transport workers in Athens have defied a court order and gone on a 24-hour strike against the government's austerity measures.

Today's protest, halting most services, went ahead after the Socialist government announced plans to restructure loss-making state transport companies, using fare increases and involuntary staff transfers.

A court late Wednesday declared the strike illegal, but protest leaders claimed they had not been formally notified of the decision when the walked-out started.

Greece is struggling to cut costs after state company losses were added to national deficit figures last year, hindering Athens' efforts to meet targets set under the 110 billion ($143 billion) bailout loan deal with European countries and the IMF.


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