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June 19, 2007

Petrol station dispute in Crete

Sometimes you get stories in the news which are little vignettes that speak a world of volume about the differences between living in Greece and in the UK.

One such story at the moment is the petrol station dispute.

The government in Athens has decided that petrol stations in several of the islands, including Crete, should open longer hours during July, August and September to help the influx of tourists.

I didn't really expect the opening hours of businesses on the island to be something that would require micro-regulation from the capital.

In Crete, the petrol station owners are furious about being asked to open the extra hours, and are threatening to go on a 24 hour strike.

They are asking the public to support them - and their argument is that longer opening hours for petrol stations would be "bad for consumers".


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