Railway workers strike after train crash

Railway workers strike after train crash

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full screen After Wednesday’s train accident, Greek railway workers are on strike on Thursday, in protest against, among other things, outdated signaling systems. Photo: Giannis Papanikos/AP/TT

The Greek Union of Railway Employees (POS) has announced a 24-hour strike on Thursday, following the train collision that killed over 40 people and injured many more.

The railway workers are protesting, among other things, that the railway network has been neglected by several successive governments, reports the Greek newspaper Kathimerini.

“Unfortunately, our long-standing demands for staff employment, better training and, above all, the use of modern security systems always end up in the trash,” writes the union POS in a statement.

Eight railway workers died in the accident, including four drivers of the two trains that collided, according to union president Yannis Nitsas.

“The next day is a day of reflection and sadness for our unjustly deceased colleagues,” writes POS.

It was shortly before midnight between Tuesday and Wednesday that a passenger train that had just driven through a tunnel collided head-on – on the same rail – with a freight train near the city of Larissa in northern Greece.

The cause of the accident is still unknown. But a number of people have been arrested, including one Stins.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis promised on Wednesday that the cause of the accident will be fully investigated. He stated at the same time that “everything points to the fact that, sadly enough, it was mostly caused by the human factor”.