In Greece, the drivers of long-haul vehicles have been on strike for a week now.
They tried to prevent strike-breakers from taking cargoes from an Athens’ seaport to the capital city.
The protesters risked their lives when throwing themselves under the wheels of long-distance lorries.
Police had to use tear gas to break up crowds of protesters. In the long run the strike-breakers did manage to take the cargoes to Athens.
The truckers fear the government plans to introduce free competition on the cargo haulage market.
They are concerned about the fact that they will be paid less if anyone is allowed to do the business.
In the past a haulage licence cost nothing short of a fortune, – several hundred thousand Euros, and was heritable.