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Another 48-hour strike begins at Greek ports

Strikes have commenced at major commercial ports in Greece, which will stop work for up to 48 hours.

The Seamen’s Union and the Crew Union of Towage and Salvage commenced industrial action at 06:00hrs (local time) today at the ports of Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Pachi and Megara.

The work stoppage is scheduled to terminate at 06:00hrs on May 8, but is expected to be continued by a further 24 hours until 06:00hrs on Monday May 9, according to an advisory from Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS).

The strike will affect domestic ferries and commercial vessels, which will not be able to berth, shift or sail from the affected ports during the stoppage period.

Public transport employees, hospital personnel, employees at oil installations and journalists are also participating in the general strike in Greece today, which is protesting the government’s planned changes to labour and insurance rights, pensions and retirement ages.

 

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Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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