ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Subway and suburban rail services in Greece's capital have been halted by a 24-hour strike, as labor unions prepare for a new round of major protests against deeper austerity measures.
Friday's transport strike in Athens, to protest pay cuts and broader privatization plans, was held ahead of a 48-hour general strike next Tuesday and Wednesday and separate protests next week that will hit ferry services, state hospitals, and the ambulance service.
Greece's coalition government is struggling to push through a new round of austerity measures that is set to impose new wage, pension, and benefit cuts on a public already plagued by 25 percent unemployment.
A junior coalition partner has already said it will vote against the measures.
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