Greece: Ferries, urban transport halted by strikes, protests

A 24-hour strike in Greece has halted ferries, public transport and municipal services in Athens and other parts of the country, as unions mount protests against pension reforms by the center-right government

Flights, as well as national rail and bus services, were not affected.

The strike went ahead after a pension reform bill was submitted to parliament. It includes plans to lower monthly income contributions and overhaul the way some pension funds operate.

Pension reform is a contentious issue in Greece following a decade of crisis and international bailouts that caused successive salary and benefit cuts pushing many into financial hardship.