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Greek truckers vow to continue strike

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Greek truckers vow to continue strike


Striking Greek truck drivers say they will defy government orders to return to work. The truckers started their action on Monday over planned reforms to increase competition in the transportation sector.

Ministers have threatened to strip them of their licences.

“We say to the government. Come and get them. Come and make us go back to work. We think there is no chance of them doing that. No chance at all,” said protest leader Spyros Kapetanios.

If they do not obey the emergency order, they could face five years in jail.

The strike has ground the country’s road network to a halt as the truckers block the highways. Supplies of fuel and food are running out across the country, while some factories have been force to close.

Greece agreed to open up its freight industry under the terms of a multi-billion-euro aid agreed with the EU and the IMF.

Athens wants to liberalise the country’s ‘closed-professions’ to revive its flagging economy. Lawyers, architects and pharmacists will face similar measures.

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