Greek lorry drivers have called a halt to their week-long strike in what’s being seen as a victory for the government in Athens.
The truckers’ action disrupted fuel supplies the length and breadth of the country and caused acute fuel and food shortages on the islands, disrupting the tourism industry.
The leader of the Greek truck owners’ confederation George Tzortzatos said: “Taking into consideration the problems created with the fuel supply, the food and petrol shortages and with a sense of responsibility to society, we decided by a narrow majority to vote for the suspension of the strike. We now expect the government to lift its mobilisation order.”
The government had issued a return-to-work order, threatening to strip truckers of their licences if they did not comply.
Reform of the country’s road haulage industry is a key condition of a massive EU/IMF bailout plan.