An Island-wide Petrol strike is on the cards for Friday 4th of January

If we do not have enough to cope with already considering the current economic climate, Petrol stations are now threatening an Island-wide indefinite closure as from Friday 4th of January 2013. Station owners are planning this strike in order to demonstrate their solidarity with colleagues in the Famagusta area who will actually strike on Wednesday 2nd of January 2013.

The main point of contention is that the Petrol Station Owners Association are demanding the  Government of the day in turmoil put a hold on the issuing of new licences to petrol stations. Moreover, unless the Government responds positively (in the eyes if the Association) within 24 hours of the Famagusta strike on the 2nd of January 2013, consumers will suffer compliments of an island-wide strike.

The origin of the dispute stems back to when a petrol station on the main Paralimni to Ayia Napa road was granted with a permit, despite the Petrol Station Owners Association's strong protests. 

Station owners fear that new stations are popping up every 500 metres, hence a change in the law is sought. However, to add salt to the wounds of the consumers fuel prices are set to rise by 7 euro cents a litre as from the start of 2013. 

Our advice is to fill up to be on he safe side!
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