Greek tourism, already in decline this year due to economic and political uncertainty, will be dealt a further blow from June 4 when tour bus drivers go on strike for four days.
From 1 am Monday tour buses serving tourists will no longer run as drivers commence a four day strike over contract negotiations. Tourists who expected to have transport included as part of their holiday packages will be left dependent on public transport or forced to find other ways to travel around Greece.
Ekathimerini reported employees are objecting to a 70 percent cut in salaries and benefits, which is much higher than the cuts called for under the Memorandum of financial assistance demanded by the Troika of Greece's creditors.
Trade unionist Vasilis Dimitropoulos defended the decision of drivers to strike, telling GR Reporter "The unilateral decision of employers to reduce wages, abolish the minimum wage, cut most of our benefits and reduce our right of free days, has made us response."
Visitors to Greece are already down 11.7 percent lower this year than last. The summer of 2011 was marked by rolling strikes by Greek taxi drivers who often used their vehicles to block airport and cruise ship entrances, thus inconveniencing tourists. The prospect of further strikes coupled with dramatic scenarios of Greece returning to the drachma are likely to depress figures even further in the height of the tourist season which Greece is so reliant on.