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Greek truck strike rumbles on


A strike by Greek truckers has entered its second week with protesters refusing to back down over government plans to open up their industry.

The lorry drivers parked their trucks on the highway as parliament prepares to vote on a draft bill on Wednesday.

Unions argue issuing new, cheaper licences to spur competition is unfair on existing operators who have already paid high start-up fees, sometimes as much as 200,000 euros.

The Greek government points out that no new licenses for trucking have been issued since the early 1970s, which drove up prices.

Prime Minister George Papandreou wants to liberalise a number of tightly-regulated professions.

Hauliers, pharmacists and lawyers are some of the sectors that face reform..

It was a promise he made to the EU and the IMF in May in return for a 110-billion-euro loan to shore up his country’s public finances.

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