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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 10-12-28
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Flights on Schedule- Mass Transport Work StoppageTuesday, 28 December 2010 12:38
All flights to and from Greece will remain on schedule on Wednesday, 29 and Thursday, 30 as Civil Aviation employees have suspended their mobilizations after their meeting with the general secretary of Transport Haris Tsiokas. In the meantime, all means of mass transport (buses, trolleys, train and metro) will run regular services on Wednesday from 08:00-22:00 but will stage work stoppages from the beginning of the morning shift and at the end of the night shit.
Some 480 engineers and pilots, who served in the former "Olympic Airways" company, will be transferred to the Civil Aviation Service for three months and from there to other public sectors as agreed during a meeting on Tuesday.
Referring to mobilizations in means of mass transport, Infrastructure Minister D. Reppas said that draft-bill on purging of means of mass transport -to which workers react- has not yet taken its final form.
D. Reppas about Future of Mass Transport
In reference to mobilizations, the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Dimitris Reppas spoke of the government's plans for the future of mass transport. Following reforms in local administration, mass transport region of reference is Attica said D. Reppas who stressed that the plan includes the creation of a metropolitan sector with borders in Attica and reforms in transport sectors with merger of five companies to two, one for road means of transport and the other for trains.
Mr. Reppas underlined that reforms were necessary for improvement of quality of services. He described mobilizations as unjustified triggered by somehow workers fears. Mr. Reppas reassured that the company will maintain its state character and the right of employees to work in the transport sector. But he also stressed the need to ensure sustainability of transport sectors. .
Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105.8, ΑNA-ΜPA
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 Fuel Price up-High Fines on Fuel TheftTuesday, 28 December 2010 11:54
Petrol station owners said rise in fuel price is inevitable due to worldwide increase in oil price. In the meantime, National Federation of petrol Station Owners denouncements about "fuel theft" with the installation of special electronic devices on fuel pumps has risen high concern . The Regional Development Ministry is promoting an amendment providing for high fines within the context of its determination to combat the phenomenon.
The Development Ministry has tabled an amendment to the Parliament providing for suspension and even revocation of operation licenses from petrol station owners installing illegal devices in their fuel pumps to rob consumers. Development Ministry crews found such devices following inspections at petrol stations.
The national federation of Petrol Station Owners had said that installation of illegal devices on pumps has taken up alarming dimensions in the last months.
"The government and monopolios, that have control of import and refinery of petrol with the huge taxes and big profits, are the ones who provocatively rob people" says the GCP announcement.
"It is provocative and scandalous in the mid of the tougher financial crisis, Greece to sell unleaded petrol at the highest price in Europe. Absence of inspection mechanisms, the government's passive stance, huge taxes and greediness of companies in control o fuel lead to this situation", says the Democratic Renewal party.
Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105.8, ΑNA-ΜPA
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