News Summary: Greek Subway Staff End Strike

By The Associated Press

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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