In Greece for the second time in as many months fuel tanker drivers have come out on strike over government plans to open up the closed shop profession and change how their licenses are issued.
A similar stoppage in late July caused major disruptions across the country.
“The government is stripping us of everything. They are making our licenses useless. They are going to force us to find work as employees in some other companies. They are shutting out the real professionals from this trade,” explained one angry
Today’s action has caused panic at the pumps as motorists fear a fuel shortage while some garages have hiked their prices, a move condemned by the government.
The change in the licensing laws is one of the conditions laid down by the European Union and International Monetary Fund which provided Greece with 110 billion euros in an emergency bail out.
Today representatives of the EU and IMF arrived in Greece. Their visit comes a day after the country’s Prime Minister George Papandreou spoke publicly saying the country can meet the demands of the international loans.