OPINION

Unionists behaving badly

There is little doubt that the most incredible things happen in this country.

On Wednesday, for instance, the public was informed that Athens metro staff were about to halt services for 48 hours after the chief of their union claimed to have been attacked by a group of representatives of the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway workers? union.

It would be unheard of for the city?s citizens and businesses to suffer in this way as a result of violent incidents between unionists.

Eventually the decision to take strike action was revoked when some more cool-headed thinking prevailed, yet the event nevertheless demonstrated how dangerous situations can become when extreme elements dominate the unionist movement.

It is hardly surprising that negative stereotypes have emerged with regard to unionists in the broader public sector.

Meanwhile, as far as the beatings and the attacks go, let us hope that the Greek police, followed by the country?s justice system, will punish those responsible for such criminal acts.