Greeks fear tanker strike will hit tourism
Published 31/07/2010 | 05:00
GREEK tanker drivers yesterday vowed to continue with a strike that has halted supplies across the country and threatens to hit tourism -- despite a legal order to return to work.
The truckers -- now facing prosecution -- rejected an offer by the government to offset the financial impact of opening up their closed-shop profession.
The showdown occurred as inspectors from the International Monetary Fund were in Athens to review the progress of austerity measures promised by the Greek government so it can continue receiving international rescue loans.
George Amvrazis, managing director of the Greek Hotel Federation, said the strike had already tarnished Greece's image. "You won't set out to a resort if you're not sure if you can fill up your gas tank," he said."This has set the Greece brand back for years."