The wrong time for protests

Air-traffic controllers are perhaps right to complain about the Socialist government’s failure to cover extra pay for night and weekend shifts. On the other hand, like most other labor groups, they also ought to show more understanding regarding the government’s lack of liquidity, given the huge difficulties that the country is facing. One would hope that they would refrain from action that could prove to be the last nail in the coffin for Greece’s tourism this summer. It is true that they have legitimate demands and their anger is justified. However, given the fiscal challenges facing the nation, we must all be patient and do our best to help pull the country out of the economic crisis. If air-traffic controllers at the country’s airports insist on conducting go-slow protests or other forms of strike action – and, moreover, in defiance of court rulings – they will eventually have to bear responsibility for the catastrophic consequences of their actions on the Greek economy.

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