Greek trucker strike ends

Greek truckers yesterday ended a six-day strike, handing a victory to the socialist government in its efforts to liberalise the recession-hit economy. Truckers had walked off the job on Monday to protest against plans to open up their sector, a reform required by a multi-billion euro EU/IMF bailout plan.

Taking an unusually tough stance, the government had ordered the strikers on Wednesday to get back behind the wheel, threatening to strip them of their licences and prosecute them if they did not do so within 24 hours. The truckers strike disrupted fuel supplies all over the country, with queues forming at petrol stations.