Greek doctors, Athens metro workers on strike

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 11:15 hrs

Greek doctors and workers at the Athens metro system have walked off the job, striking to protest salary cuts that are part of harsh austerity measures the country is taking to get its hands on bailout cash it needs to avoid bankruptcy.

The national doctors' union said hospital and private sector doctors were participating in Thursday's 24-hour strike. Salaried doctors have seen their incomes cut by 40-50 percent while those who run their own practices can no longer make ends meet, the union said.

The capital's underground rail system also ground to a halt Thursday, with metro workers striking to complain of income cuts. Union head Antonis Stamatopoulos said the strike would continue for a second day Friday.

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