PASOK makes the right call

The government’s decision to order truck drivers to get back to work yesterday was the right one and didn’t come a moment too soon. Greece is struggling to get through a major financial downturn in every area of its economy and the tourism sector has already suffered enormously from a series of strikes that date back to May and have taken a hefty toll on arrivals. And now, with the holiday season reaching its peak both in terms of foreign arrivals and in terms of local tourism, the government is no position to allow the country to be without gas and other basic supplies. It seems that the government finally realized there is a breaking point regarding the tolerance that can be displayed toward the flouting of laws by unions and other professional interest groups. The owners of haulage trucks, who are reacting to the liberalization of their sector, also need to understand that whatever their demands, pushing things too far and harming the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people who depend on tourism will only anger public opinion and turn it against them.

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