NEWS

Taxis launch two-day strike

Taxi drivers are to resume protest action on Monday with a two-day strike starting at 5 a.m. Cabbies are scaling up their action in response to government reforms opening their sector to competition.

Over the weekend, when protesting drivers clashed violently with police in Thessaloniki, the head of the Attica taxi drivers? union, Thymios Lyberopoulos, said the cabbies were not fazed by the refusal of Transport Minister Yiannis Ragousis to negotiate. ?We?re not going to roll over and die,? Lyberopoulos said. ?Rather him than us.?

Taxi drivers are joining employees from several other sectors striking this week. Tax collectors are to walk out Monday and Tuesday, protesting plans by the government to suspend civil servants with reduced pay for 12 months.

Municipal garbage collectors, who started work stoppages on Sunday, calling for the reinstatement of colleagues whose short-term contracts have expired, are to press on with their action.