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Greek truckers protest against reforms

Greek truckers protest against reforms
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Striking Greek truckers have demonstrated outside the country’s parliament ahead of a vote on Wednesday on government plans to open up their industry.

Lorry drivers marched through Athens to voice their opposition to the proposed free market reforms.

They include issuing more truck licences and making them cheaper.

Unions say this is unfair on those who have already paid high start-up fees, sometimes as much as 200,000 euros.

Ministers point out no new licenses have been issued since the early 1970s, which has driven up prices.

The haulage sector is just one of several tightly-regulated industries that Prime Minister George Papandreou wants to make more competitive.

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.