Strikes paralyze Greece

This item appears on page 19 of the October 2010 issue.

Greece has instituted stringent “austerity measures” that have caused many labor unions to protest and go on strike. Strikes in June, July and August effectively paralyzed the transport and tourism industries. The Greek armed forces were enlisted to escort fuel trucks to hospitals, airports and power stations. 

The government is negotiating, but union leaders have indicated they may continue strikes and street protests.