There will be no taxis operating again on Thursday, the second day of a 48-hour strike, as cabbies protest plans by the socialist government to liberalize their profession.
However public transport services will be back in service following Wednesday?s daylong walkout. Massive traffic jams — sometimes stretching for kilometers — brought Athens to a standstill on Tuesday and Wednesday due to a public transportation strike against public sector cutbacks.
On Wednesday, the chairman of taxi owners federation, Thymios Lyberopoulos, upped the ante in the sector’s clash with the government saying that cabbies would fight to the bitter end to protect their interest.
The outspoken Lyberopoulos warned Yiannis Ragousis, the transport minister who is pushing with the controversial measures demanded by Greece’s foreign lenders, that he would ?have to walk over 50,000 dead bodies? to pass the law.