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Greek lorry drivers return to work


Things are moving again on Greek roads as truckers return to work after a six-day strike.

It brought misery to thousands as fuel shortages hit deep and fast, further denting Greece’s image as a holiday destination. Haulage is being deregulated by the government, so has the strike protected jobs?

“In my opinion the last week was a waste, nothing happened. Nothing else, basically. And now the only thing that remains to be seen is how the government is considering acting regarding our pensions, nothing more than that,” said one driver.

The stoppage was ended after a stormy four-hour union meeting last night. Saturday saw resistance to the government crackdown when 200 private hauliers returned to work under the threat of criminal action, and the government also mobilised the army and navy to back up its policy.

It ends a black week for the key tourist industry which saw hundreds of thousands of bookings cancellations and stranded holidaymakers.

With other professional groups likely to take action as reforms bite, the economic cost could be high in the heart of the summer season.

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