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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-25

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Gov't to declare strike illegal

  • [01] Gov't to declare strike illegal

    The government on Thursday sharply criticised an ongoing strike by customs officials around the country, with the government spokesman charging, among others, "that it is not possible for one group of well-paid public servants to attempt to hold Greek society and the economy hostage".

    Government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos also added, without mincing his words, that the only reason for the current industrial action -- responsible for a petrol shortage in much of the country -- "is because they themselves (the customs officers) want to manage a special (revenue) account, at the same time as other such accounts are being abolished in other ministries."

    The spokesman made the statement in response to a press question on whether the government is considering a mobilisation order to break the strike. He added that the next move would be a court order declaring the strike illegal.

    PASOK

    Meanwhile, a PASOK spokesman on Thursday noted that "once again the government has proved incompetent and unreliable ... for five years the government has not advanced in its listing, evaluation or consultation of special accounts in the national budget."

    Finally, a deputy for the leftist SYRIZA Parliament coalition, Panagiotis Lafazanis, called on the government to enter into a dialogue and guarantee the customs' officers' benefits.

    CAPTION: A petrol station in Athens warns drivers that there is no more unleaded petrol, 25 September 2008. Most petrol stations in Attica have already closed their pumps due to the ongoing customs strike. ANA-MPA/S. Pantzartzi.


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