The implications of Greece's tough austerity measures, which underpin the country's 130 billion Euro bailout, are provoking yet more national strikes. This time it's bus drivers whose backs are up. So much so they've staged a 24-hour walkout.
Things got a little heated at Athen's main terminal today as some 200 drivers from KTEL (the country's main cross-country private bus service) tried to block vehicles from leaving, upsetting an already pressurised Easter holiday schedule.
Most of the company's drivers own their vehicles, so this argument pitted those who 'Have against the Have-Nots'. Vassilis Dimitropoulos, President of the Bus Drivers Union, says "We have not had a raise since 2009 while the owners had a raise of 11 percent last year. We never complained about our collective wage agreements. They did, and they are asking for a further 30 percent reduction in our wages. Secondly and most importantly, there has been a barrage of layoffs across."
The bus drivers anger did nothing to help the mood of travellers eager to get away for the Greek Orthodox Easter break this coming weekend. Police were drafted in to supervise departures, while annoyed passengers were left stranded at the station for hours. The Greek people will decide for themselves whether the current government's handled this - and countless other national strikes - well or not when voters go to the polls on May the 6<sup>th.