Strike in Greece disrupts island ferries, Athens transport

A man checks his cellphone outside docked ferries during a 24-hour strike at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Greek island ferries were moored in port, many Athens public transport services were shut down and state hospitals functioned on emergency staffing due to Tuesday's strike by Greek unions against draft legislation that would make it harder for unions to call strikes in the future. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Tourists sit outside a closed urban railway during a 24-hour strike at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Greek island ferries were moored in port, many Athens public transport services were shut down and state hospitals functioned on emergency staffing due to Tuesday's strike by Greek unions against draft legislation that would make it harder for unions to call strikes in the future. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A man fishes as ferries are docked during a 24-hour strike at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Greek island ferries were moored in port, many Athens public transport services were shut down and state hospitals functioned on emergency staffing due to Tuesday's strike by Greek unions against draft legislation that would make it harder for unions to call strikes in the future. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A woman walks in front of a closed bank during a 24-hour strike in central Athens, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Greek island ferries were moored in port, many Athens public transport services were shut down and state hospitals functioned on emergency staffing due to Tuesday's strike by Greek unions against draft legislation that would make it harder for unions to call strikes in the future. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A passenger walks near docked ferries during a 24-hour strike at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Greek island ferries were moored in port, many Athens public transport services were shut down and state hospitals functioned on emergency staffing due to Tuesday's strike by Greek unions against draft legislation that would make it harder for unions to call strikes in the future. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS, Greece — Greek island ferries are tied up in port for a day while Athens public transport, hospitals and state schools face disruptions as unions strike against proposed labor reforms.

Tuesday's 24-hour strike by the civil servants' umbrella union and other labor groups has also knocked out most forms of public transport in Athens, although the capital's underground will function most of the day.

Seamen's unions have gone ahead with their strike, affecting the ferry system, despite a court ruling it illegal.

Unions oppose parts of the proposed legislation that will make it harder for them to call strikes, will allow workers to vote remotely on industrial action without attending meetings and permit changes in some collective work agreements.

Unions are planning demonstrations later Tuesday in central Athens.

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