week against the socialist government`s tough incomes and tax policies, joining seamen and civil aviation staff whose walkouts have disrupted Greek transport. It is the second wave of strikes to hit Greece since the socialist government, which won elections in September, launched a tough economic policy to bring the nation closer to its European Union partners. Technocrat Prime Minister Costas Simitis
said his budget, described as the toughest in 15 years, was necessary bitter medicine for the country and has turned down all union demands. He successfully stared down a crippling farmers` blockade that virtually cut the country in two in December but farmers are threatening to block highways with their tractors again if demands for higher price supports, fuel and tax cuts are not met by February 4.