Greeks protest transport workers' pay cuts

Greek unionists march to parliament to protest planned pay cuts for transport workers

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Greeks protest transport workers' pay cuts
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Metro workers burn civil mobilization's documents outside Aghios Antonios station in western Athens on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Striking Athens metro workers returned to the job Friday, hours after the Greek government used riot police to evacuate holdouts from a subway depot, ending a bitter standoff over new austerity measures. The nine-day strike _ which knocked out a system serving more than a million people a day _ was the biggest labor unrest Greece’s uneasy, conservative-led governing coalition faced since taking over last June. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek workers have marched to parliament to protest upcoming pay cuts for transport workers and the government emergency decree that forced subway employees to end their strike.

The march Saturday by 2,000 members of the PAME union was peaceful.

On Friday, Greek riot police stormed the Athens subway depot to make sure that metro workers went back to work. The subway system had been shut down for nine days but running Friday afternoon. Bus workers have been striking since Thursday.

The debt-strapped Greek government wants to rip up subway workers' contracts and make their pay similar to other civil servants, which would mean pay cuts.

Transport unions are meeting later Saturday to decide on further action.

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