Truck drivers strikes bites goods and services
Truckers act against plans to deregulate the trucking industry in Greece
A week long strike of truck drivers in Greece has started to impact on the availability of goods as the truck drivers have set up blockades around Athens.
The truck drivers have established blockades on the National highway in Metamorphosi, at the tollway in Elefsina and Loutraki, in Skaramanga, Petrola, Vouliagmeni and Markopoulou.
Greek truck drivers say they won't back down from protests that have threatened to disrupt fuel supplies and other goods after negotiations with the government broke down.
The president of the Greek Confederation of Commerce and Industry Vassilis Korkidis said that the continuation of the strike would have dire consequences for Greek business at a time when it cannot afford to wear the consequences of such an action.
The drivers are protesting against plans to deregulate their industry and the austerity measures implemented by the Papandreou government.
The PASOK government wants to open the freight market to full competition within three years to cut transport costs which traders say inordinately push up the price of many goods.
No new freight licences have been issued in Greece for years, meaning that would-be operators can only purchase existing permits at high cost.
The truck drivers complain that inviting competition into the freight sector by reducing new licence charges is unfair to existing operators who have al ready paid high start-up fees running up to 300,000 euros.
A Parliamentary committee this week agreed for draft legislation for the deregulation of the trucking industry to proceed, and for it to be considered by the Greek Parliament next week.
- Register Now
- Fans make the Wanderers a good investment
- Turkey condemns NSW's genocide recognition
- Tailor made coffee
- Mykonos: Something to 'Crowe' about
- Greek community pays tribute to Hazel Hawke
- Fitch upgrades Greece's credit rating
- Recognising genocide
- Political history in the Arts
- Angelopoulos' Greek drama
- Simon, Carle and Nichols return to A-League
- 8 May 2013 | 13 Votes
- 3 May 2013 | 9 Votes
- 15 May 2013 | 9 Votes
- 13 May 2013 | 8 Votes
- 8 May 2013 | 8 Votes
- 20 May 2013 | 6 Votes
More from this Section
- Greek journalist arrested in Iran
- New scheme for 75,000 jobs starts in January
- A child goes missing ‘every day,’ police says
- Tax overhaul draft sees no declarations for single incomes
- Greek men affected by crisis
- Anti-racism bill might go back to coalition leaders
- Security fear at Muslim Assoc
- Volunteerism on the rise in Greece
- Greek shipowners choose Chinese shipyards
- Anti-racism legislation divides coalition
Costas Iordanidis gives his opinion on Greek PM Antonis Samaras' visit to China, and the bilateral ties he plans on making there
Round six of Victorian Premier League this weekend brings new coach for Oakleigh Cannons
Coach Tony Popovic has repeatedly stressed the Wanderers' need to continue to improve next season
PM prepares for China trip as Finance Minister Stournaras says much work still to do despite IMF’s adjustment praise
The Victorian Premier League returns this weekend with Round Five, and South Melbourne welcome Richmond Eagles, and their new coach, in their first home game this season
Tennis ace Mark Philippoussis is facing some furry competition for the affection of his girlfriend
The government issued civil mobilisation papers to some 88,000 teachers who face arrest and possible dismissal if they fail to turn up for work this week
Genocide is the responsibility of the entire world - Ann Clwyd
Crisis increases domestic violence, dampens sex drive among Greek men
The Australian Embassy in Athens marked Anzac Day by laying wreaths at the Australian Memorial Moudros Harbour
Dr Peter Kambouris says a new generation of robots can transform Australia's manufacturing sector and create safer, more efficient
Greek Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) found that 25.6 percent of businesses and individuals whose books were checked for tax infringements were found to be in violation
The new law overturns what had been a guarantee of a job for life for workers in Greece's notoriously bloated civil service.
PAS Giannina upset PAOK at Thessaloniki to take the lead at the Super League play-offs
The football legend has won every league title in every country he's played for
34,100 Greeks moved to Germany in 2012 with a 43 per cent jump
Cafe owners embrace goodwill scheme for the less fortunate
A winter must in a Greek household