Cruise passengers disrupted by Greek strikes

Cruise passengers disrupted by Greek strikes

Hundreds of cruise passengers on Crete and Corfu have had travel plans disrupted due to a port blockade by striking taxi drivers in Greece.

The action barred tourists on several cruise ships from boarding buses waiting for them on Corfu and the port of Heraklion in Crete.

Taxis also disrupted road traffic at airports in Heraklion and Athens, though flights were not affected.

The taxi drivers’ protest began on Monday in opposition to plans to liberalise their sector.

The Greek government is targeting 135 professions, including taxi services, for reform as it struggles to make the economy more competitive and reduce the country's debt mountain.

The dispute preceded last night’s EU agreement for a second bail-out package for debt-ridden Greece.

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