Truckers start new walkout

Motorists waited in long lines outside gas stations in Attica and other cities yesterday after the union representing the country’s truck drivers said it would launch a new wave of strike action. Vehicle owners rushed to tank up on fuel fearing a repeat of an extended strike by truckers in July which froze deliveries to gas stations and caused them to run dry. That strike was finally called off on August 1 after the government pledged to review their demands and discuss their objections against plans to open up their profession to competition. Despite its reassurances, the government has little room for maneuver. Opening up so-called closed professions is part of a raft of reforms it has promised its creditors. Truck drivers worry that opening up their sector will result in the devaluation of their operating licenses.

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