News Summary: Greek gov't ends Athens strike

Thursday - 1/24/2013, 12:59pm EST

By The Associated Press

(AP) - STRIKE OUT: Greece's government took emergency measures to force striking subway workers back to work, with those defying it risking dismissal, arrest and jail.

STRIKING BACK: In a swift backlash, unions announced immediate strikes that halted all public transport across the capital for the rest of the day. The disruption was set to continue, with some declaring further labor action.

STRIKING CUTS: Subway workers were angered by pay cuts they say will take away 25 percent of their wages. The metro serves more than 700,000 passengers daily, covering 52 kilometers (32 miles) with 34 stations.

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