January 27, 2023

Athens News

News in English from Greece

48-hour sailors’ strike: ferries and ships laid up

Ships and ferries will remain moored in Greek ports as seafarers’ unions have announced a 48-hour nationwide strike on February 8 and 9, 2023.

“A decision was made to hold a 48-hour nationwide strike in all categories of courts on February 8 and 9, as well as to start the procedure for amending the federation’s charter,” the report says.

Per strike three seafarers’ unions voted: the Panhellenic Union of Merchant Marine Engineers, the Panhellenic Union of Junior Crews Machanis EN “O Stephenson” and the Panhellenic Union of Cooks EN. According to the trade unions, “the 48-hour strike is a continuation of the strike mobilizations on October 25 and November 9, the signal of which was the massive and decisive participation of sailors, workers, who sent an encouraging signal of resistance and disobedience to the anti-people policy.”

The unions demand a new collective agreement, higher wages in line with inflation, better working conditions that will not undermine the safety of human lives, measures for the unemployed in their sector, medical benefits.

If you are planning a ferry or boat trip on February 8-9, please contact the local port authorities or travel agents. Previous similar strike passed December 11-12.

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