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Strikes halt Greek public transport

Greek railway and public transport workers went on strike over planned reforms to debt-ridden state transport systems.

The five-hour walkouts halted trains nationwide and left Athens without any form of public transport.

Unions oppose the centre-left government's plans to streamline the loss-making state railways and the capital's bus, metro, urban rail and tram systems.

Greece narrowly avoided bankruptcy in May, using billions of euros in emergency loans from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. To secure the funds, the government slashed spending, including salaries and pensions, and raised consumer taxes.

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