Bars and restaurants go on strike in Greece, report massive losses

The catering industry, pubs, cafés, and restaurants will go on strike on Tuesday (16 November) to protest the government’s COVID measures. [EPA-EFE / KOSTAS TSIRONIS]

The catering industry, pubs, cafés, and restaurants will go on strike on Tuesday (16 November) to protest the government’s COVID measures, which according to them, have led to 30-50% income losses and threaten jobs in the sector.

On Tuesday, members of the Greek Federation of Restaurants will hand over a petition to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ office.

“Unlike other venues (Church, stadiums, public transport), the catering industry has high vaccination rates to demonstrate, despite the cost and inconvenience in the operation of businesses,” the president of the General Association of Greek Food and Wine Industries George Kavvathas said.

Kavvathas stressed that there is a 30-50% reduction in turnover nationwide.

For his part, Development Minister Adonis Georgiades has accused catering professionals of “ingratitude”, emphasising that the catering industry has been significantly subsidised compared to other sectors during the pandemic.

He added that businesspeople’s concerns should be directed toward the unvaccinated, “since it is their fault that the epidemic continues to exist.”

(Matthaios Tsimitakis | EURACTIV.gr)

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