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Rail workers strike to protest cuts

SOME 43,000 rail workers went on strike for six hours on January 29, shutting down morning rush-hour transit to protest planned cuts to local routes affecting almost 20 per cent of traffic.

The cuts, which are intended to reduce losses at the rail firm, have sparked wide protests from people who rely on the local trains to get to work. The Transport Ministry estimated the strike cost Sk11 million (263,000 euro) and said the rail operator should foot the bill.

Following the strike, the railworkers' union announced it would launch an open-ended strike starting January 31, unless its calls to halt the planned cuts are met.

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