Athens metro employees have declared a 24-hour strike next Tuesday in protest against the government's plans to include the fixed-rail transport operator STASY in the assets of a new privatisation fund.

The employees request an urgent meeting with Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, to resolve issues relating to the funding of urban transport.

"In the last two years the metro and all Athens public transport have been providing a very important social service by offering free transportation to the unemployed and reduced-fare tickets to those in need. It is a correct policy that as workers we encourage and want extended to a large part of the population in this period of harsh economic crisis and need," the metro employees union said in an announcement on Friday.