Lorry drivers in Greece have agreed to go back to work after a week of strikes. They were protesting about government plans to reform the freight industry and have agreed by a narrow margin to resume peace talks. Fuel supplies and the tourist industry were severely disrupted, and the army was called in to deliver fuel to key sites. The International Monetary Fund had stipulated that more competition should be allowed in the freight and logistics industry, but drivers feared that this would adversely affect their jobs.
The changes to the freight industry are part of an austerity programme required by the EU and the IMF as part of measures to rescue Greece from a financial crisis.