Strikes by airspace control officers and petrol-carrying truck drivers are causing long delays and serious lack of fuel across Greece.
Last Sunday after their announced strike was ruled illegal by the high court, airspace control officers shifted their industrial action against austerity measures to a white strike which meant allowing airspace traffic according to the book. This has in turn led to long delays across greek airports with thousands of tourists stranded. At the same time petrol-carrying truck drivers have declared an indefinite strike against the austerity measures leading to long lines of cars at gas stations with provisions already starting to be exhausted before 24h of the strike have expired. At the same time, petrol station owners are also threatening to shut down shop in response to the austerity measures. Airspace control officers have announced a 24h strike for next Saturday, a move to which the government has responded by recalling officers from their summer vacation leave.
Both strikes are considered as particularly harmful to the ailing tourist industry of the country at the very peak of the summer season which is seeing considerably lower numbers of tourists and significant economic losses across what accounts in reality to almost 25% of the national economy.
At the same time, the IMF-EU Committee is once again performing a general survey-inspection of the Greek economy with rumors talking about further measures by September that will see the slashing of private sector wages by 20%. It must be noted that the hiring of educational staff for the next academic year has been slashed by half, with 7,000 job placements being lost.
Yet there is every sign that strikes like the above are increasingly unpopular with the general population whose much needed summer leaves are seriously compromised by such industrial action.