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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-05-12

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  • [01] Papandreou on truckers' strike

  • [01] Papandreou on truckers' strike

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou on Monday called on the government to provide solutions that would end a strike by the owners of trucks hired out for public use, which has led to widespread shortages of fuel and other goods in the country.

    At the same time, he urged truckers to call-off their strike, while warning the government "to abandon all ideas of an administrative or other autocratic requisition and ensure that it provides solutions to the sector's problems through dialogue".

    "The lengthy strike by the owners of trucks and tanker trucks has led the country to paralysis. Citizens are facing very serious problems in their daily life. The government is responsible for taking all necessary measures and providing solutions so that there is a smooth supply to the market; a responsibility that it is self-evidently failing to live up to," he stressed.

    Papandreou additionally warned that the safety of the country's road network should not be compromised in order to end the strike, since one of the demands made by truck owners is the end of a ban on tractor trailer trucks using national highways over the weekends.

    PASOK's leader also urged the union of truck owners to "display a sense of responsibility so that their opposition to government practices does not become converted into an opposition of society as a whole," noting the serious problems that had arisen as a result of their strike.

    "I call on them to call off their mobilisation, to supply the market and meet the immediate needs of the Greek people," he said.

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