Petrol station owners set on Monday strike

Petrol station owners yesterday confirmed their decision to start rolling strikes from Monday after the government insisted that they should start issuing receipts to customers from January 1. A meeting between Deputy Finance Minister Apostolos Fotiadis and union representatives yesterday failed to achieve a compromise, as union members demanded a year’s postponement of the measure, which targets rampant tax evasion in the fuel market. The ministry’s only concession was to defer petrol station owners’ obligation to install cash registers until the end of July for Attica and the Thessaloniki area, and until the end of August for the rest of Greece. But until then, they will still have to issue handwritten receipts. Meanwhile, the ministry said yesterday that its inspectors have caught 34 petrol station owners and fuel middlemen this year for tax evasion and smuggling.

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