Taxi owners to continue strike 'more discreetly'

Striking taxi owners decided on the weekend to continue their mobilisations, but in a more "discrete" manner so as to avoid prosecutable actions such as blocking roads, ports and airports, according to sources.
The sources said the taxi owners federation's coordinating committee held an extraordinary meeting on Saturday to examine the situation and decide further industrial action.
The taxi owners further decided to stage a large demonstration outside parliament on Tuesday to coincide with a meeting of the ruling PASOK party's transports committee, which has invited infrastructures, transport and networks minister Yiannis Ragoussis to explain his policy on deregulation of the profession.
Meanwhile taxi owners staged a "symbolic takeover" of the Acropolis's ticket office for a few hours on Sunday morning, during which tourists were allowed into the archaeological site without purchasing tickets.
Attica taxi owners' federation president Thymios Lymberopoulos took distances from the takeover, in a statement to ANA-MPA, explaining that there were groups of taxi owners who were acting autonomously, without an official decision on the part of the federation.

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