News Summary: Greek subway staff end strike

News Summary: Athens subway staff ends 9-day strike after riot police enforce emergency order

Associated Press
News Summary: Greek subway staff end strike

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A striking Metro worker in a wheelchair looks on as riot police officers enter subway train depot in Athens, on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Riot police in Greece have stormed a subway train depot in Athens, where striking workers had barricaded themselves. The government had issued an emergency order to force them to end an eight-day strike in an escalating standoff over austerity measures. Police broke through the gates and removed dozens of strikers in Friday's pre-dawn raid. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

SUBWAYS ROLLING: Striking subway workers in Athens returned to the job Friday, ending a bitter nine-day strike over new austerity measures. The system serves more than a million people a day.

TOUGH PERSUASION: Greek authorities issued a rare civil mobilization order to workers who had defied a court ruling that their strike was illegal. The order meant that staff refusing to return to work risked dismissal, arrest and jail time.

GRIM TIMES: Greece has imposed repeated rounds of public sector salary and pension cuts in return for billions of euros in international rescue loans since a financial crisis erupted in 2009. A recession is in its sixth year and unemployment is more than 26 percent.

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