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    MCD
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        Am I being incredibly dumb………… as far as I know, the reason they were striking was to try to stop the new laws regarding truck drivers ‘permits’ but it was passed in parliament last week.

        What are they now trying to achieve?? Is it compensation for the vast amounts of money they have ‘wasted’…….. their words………… on their operating licences? Or what????

        I guess a lot of you have been into Lidl. I have been to two in the last few days and they look pretty sad. Many of the shelves are empty to make it look like they are having a closing down sale………. which they are not!!!

        Most of the general supermarkets seem fairly well stocked but I guess if this goes on much longer there will be a lot of panic buying.

        Can anyone a bit brighter than me actually say exactly why they are continuing to strike………… apart from not reading too much and not seeing news reports due to working long hours, it’s baffling me……doesn’t take a lot though!!

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                Thank you Latsida, very informative. Although I cannot understand what good it will do to just suspend the passing of the law (which I thought had already been passed) for 6 months. Surely this would just mean a repeat of this mess in March 2011? Surely the truckers must realise this is the law and that is it, however, for the fact that they would lose out I do have a certain amount of sympathy but I feel they must start to get realistic about the state of the country.

                As I pass by the traffic lights in Agios Nikolaos many days each week I see the trucks parked up and the truckers all sitting around having a BBQ and a real laugh……….. obviously they don’t shop at Lidl !!!! ;)

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                    From the state of the shelves in Lidl in Aghios Nikolaos lunchtime today, the strike is impacting deliveries. Only locally delivered bread was available. Completely bare in the fresh vegetables area and chilled meat cabinets. Everything else running down quickly. Really not worth going.

                    Interestingly, other supermarkets in AgNik that focus on stocking more Greek and importantly Cretan products everything looks normal.

                    As for the huge numbers of containers in Piraeus piling up mentioned in the newspaper article posted by Latsida, won’t insurance companies cover the damaged and spoiled produce?

                    Anyone shopping at Dia% to know how they are doing? (Dia% carries many items from Spain). Or is German owned Lidl just being targetted?

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                        “‘What are they now trying to achieve?? Is it compensation for the vast amounts of money they have ‘wasted’…….. their words………… on their operating licences

                        Yes it is exactly that. You see for them it is kind a like their pension they have lost, as before it was a valuable commodity they could later sell on.

                        It is something the Greek government as part of EU had to agree to, opening up certain industries. I recall a similar thing happened in Ireland a few years back with Taxi Licences in Dublin. It was then explained to me, if a woman of a Taxi Driver was made a widow, she could sell on the Licence, before they changed the law for considerable money, now not so.

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                        Re panic buying, do you remember the shortages in UK in early 1970s due to petrol shortage, someone was interviewed on the News and said the next thing would be salt shortage – in UK – yes it happened. Then when Someone sensible interviewed, they explained most people had enough salt in to last years. So if you run out of something and can’t find it, then ask a neighbour if you are desperate.
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                            Yes Moggy I do remember the strikes of the 70’s and I think my Mum probably had enough salt in the cupboard to treat all the roads in Britain in a heavy, snowy winter!!! As I said previously, I do feel compassion for their plight but apart from reinbursing them (which would cost a huge amount which is non existent) what else will be done? They will have to return to work at some point or all the ‘new comers’ to the trade will take their jobs………….. and probably get beaten up……….. A right old mess really and created by making a closed shop with the government getting all the money in the first place and then ‘directing it elsewhere’.

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                                One of the important side effects is the lack of medicines getting through to the pharmacies. Most other things we can manage without for a while even if inconvenient.

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