Greek port strike ends tonight

Greek port strike ends tonight

The latest two-day strike to hit Greece’s top two ports is set to end tonight. Greek dockworkers have been protesting the government’s decision to privatise ports, with Cosco taking control of Piraeus on a 40-year-concession, and a number of global terminal operators expressing interest in taking over Thessaloniki Port. This week’s strike is the third in the past six months at Greek ports.

Port privatisation schemes have seen many strikes across the Mediterranean in the past year – with dockworkers in Cyprus and Israel also voicing their disquiet at plans to offload state assets.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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