Farm­ers gear up for ral­lies

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Mem­bers of unions rep­re­sent­ing farm­ers in cen­tral Greece met yes­ter­day to dis­cuss plans for a fresh round of road block­ades in protest at the gov­ern­ment’s tax­a­tion plans for their sec­tor.

The aim of the meet­ings, sources said, was for farm­ers to pre­pare road block­ades such as those set up this time last year at key road junc­tions.

Last year’s pro­tracted ac­tion cre­ated huge trans­port dis­rup­tion, cost com­pa­nies mil­lions of eu­ros and strained ties with neigh­bor­ing Bul­garia. Ac­cord­ing to sources, Bul­gar­ian au­thor­i­ties have ap­pealed to Athens to avert any fresh up­heaval. Mean­while Bul­gar­ian truck driv­ers are threat­en­ing to block the trans­port of Greek goods into Bul­garia if the ac­tion goes ahead.

Mu­nic­i­pal work­ers carry a cof­fin dur­ing a protest in Athens, yes­ter­day, de­mand­ing the re­newal of ex­pired short-term la­bor con­tracts and mea­sures to pro­tect them against work­place ac­ci­dents. The protest came a day af­ter State Min­is­ter Christo­foros Vernar­dakis vowed to boost pub­lic sec­tor con­tract work­ers’ rights.

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