Gas station owners threaten to strike over price ceiling

Gasoline station owners on Crete and in the Dodecanese as well as the prefectures of Thesprotia, Fokida and Preveza in eastern Greece are threatening strike action next week unless the government suspends the ceiling imposed on fuel prices in those areas. The Greek Federation of Gasoline Station Owners (OBE) is against a ceiling on retail prices alone but would favor one that applies to all stages of fuel distribution, from refineries to trading and retailing. The strike is threatening to cause problems for motorists during Holy Week, when large numbers of urban dwellers travel to their villages for the holidays.