Greek truck drivers hit brakes on six-day strike
Published 02/08/2010 | 05:00
Greek truck drivers have voted to return to work, bowing to government pressure and ending a six-day strike that caused nationwide fuel shortages.
"With a sense of responsibility and by a marginal majority we have decided on the suspension of the strike," George Tzortzatos, president of the Truck Owners Confederation, said yesterday. "From tomorrow (Monday), we will be back behind the wheel."
The government last week deployed the military to ensure the delivery of fuel and other vital goods after truck drivers defied a government order to return to work. Truckers who contravened the ruling faced possible criminal charges and withdrawal of their licences.
Mr Tzortzatos said the decision was taken in return for the government pledging discussions on a law to open up their profession.
About 33,000 truckers are opposing government plans to open up the freight industry and issue licences.