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Greek taxi drivers to use union bargaining?

Taxi drivers are currently on strike over plans to privatise the sector.

18 July 2011

Union bargaining may be required in Greece after taxi drivers in the country took to the picket line.

The strike will last for 48 hours from 05:00 local time today (July 18th) and Bloomberg reports those taking part are also causing traffic disruption.

One of the main roads to the parliament in Athens has been blocked off, as the workers protest about regulation changes to the profession.

It comes after mass protests were held last month over the country's latest rounds of austerity measures, as it seeks to avoid bankruptcy.

Culture and tourism minister Pavlos Yeroulanos told the news provider: "The way in which this protest is being made is genuinely very bad, at a critical time for tourism, on which every Greek family depends, including those of the taxi drivers."

Strike negotiations could be required to try and find some resolution between the two parties and prevent further disturbances from occurring later in the month.

Posted by David Gleck
 

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