Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"Baby Strike" in Athens today - Transport shut down through midday

No this little guy isn't walking off the job.
It's just a small strike today.
Athenians today will have to endure their first "baby strike" -- baby meaning not so big, not people smaller than toddlers walking off the job -- since July.

No trolleys, buses or inner city trains from 11am-4pm.

No Metro, ISAP railway or tram from 12pm-4pm.

Why this time?
"Workers are protesting sackings and wage cuts in their sectors," according to the Athens News Agency. 
Today is the first "baby strike" of the season but it won't be the last. A similar shutdown is planned for Thursday.

NOTE: "Baby strike" is not meant to belittle the cause of the strikers walking off the job today but to emphasize that this is a small strike compared to what Athenians are accustomed to. This strike will basically be a five-hour coffee and smoke break - except there are a lot fewer places to smoke for striking workers.

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