Greek cab drivers continue their strike to protest against government plans to open up their trade to competition. Early on 21, July, they blocked ports and airports on the popular tourist islands of Crete and Corfu. On Crete, a popular tourist destination, about 200 cabs blocked access to ports and the airport, a police official said. Passengers had to walk about 400 metres to get to their buses. Cabs also blocked the port on Corfu, where tourists had the same problem.
It is the fourth day that cab drivers, fighting deregulation in their industry have come out in protest against the government’s proposal. They vow to continue with the strike if their demands are not met as they
say the reform would hurt a sector already hit by austerity. The cab industry is just one of 135 professions targeted by Greece to meet EU and IMF bailout conditions.