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Hard times for public transport passengers in Athens

13 December 2010 / 10:12:10  GRReporter
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First, salary ceiling of € 50,000 per annum will be imposed, which will affect those in the railway company receiving strange allowances, but bonuses for night work, which often amounted to two thirds of total salary some employees, will be cut too. The number of employees is expected to be reduced through transfers of employees from one position to another as in the state railway and bus companies. This will affect 4700 people in Athens who will be transferred to other state institutions. The new law will cancel the collective agreements and will impose the conclusion of new ones while new recruitments will be limited following the 5 to 1 scheme, which means that for every five workers who leave work will be assigned only one.
Changes in public transport companies will affect consumers’ pockets by increasing the price of train tickets that would have to reach 80% of the tickets for coach trips, and bus tickets in Athens are expected to cost between 1.30 euros and 1.60 euros from the beginning of January on. The reform in transport will bring down the salaries of about 10% of employees in public companies that have received over 4,000 euros, as this amount is the maximum for their employees. Salaries over 1,800 euros per month will be 10% cut. Marital status and unhealthy work allowances will be also eliminated which will affect about 89% of employees. The ceiling for the maximum reduction of the salary of each employee is set at 25%.

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