Greek rail employees on Tuesday announced work stoppages on Thursday, protesting the government's plans to privatize railway carriage maintenance firm Rosco.
The Panhellenic Federation of Railway Workers will stage a four-hour stoppage from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. that will affect all Trainose train services and the Proastiakos suburban rail.
The tug-of-war over the future of railway carriage maintenance company Rosco continues between state sell-off fund TAIPED and the Italian-owned railway service firm Trainose.
The submission of the improved binding bid for Rosco, scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed for another couple of weeks, to April 26, highlighting the difficulty of the project.
The Greek railway operator Trainose on Monday launched an internal investigation into claims that an inspector made a 14-year-old boy get off a train at a station in Patra because he was 10 cents short for his ticket fare.
In comments to Alpha 989 radio station, the boy's mother said she wrote to Trainose and to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to complain about the incident.
After Greek railway carriage maintenance company Rosco, Trainose's interest is turning to urban transport, notably the metro.
Fully controlled by Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, railway service operator Trainose last week submitted the sole bid for the acquisition of 100 percent of Rosco's shares, as the Italians take their second step towards dominating the domestic railway market.