Two-day strike at Greek ports starts tomorrow

Two-day strike at Greek ports starts tomorrow

Inchcape Shipping Services has warned of a new 48-hour strike in Greece starting tomorrow which is expected to affect the routes of domestic and local ferries and commercial vessels calling at Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Pachi and Megara ports for cargo discharging.

The strike action has been announced by the Hellenic Crew Union and the Towage and Salvage Crew Union of Piraeus and is scheduled to start at 06:00 local time on 27 January and end at 06:00 on 29 January.

“During the stoppage period, vessels will not be able to berth, shift or sail from the affected ports,” Inchcape reported.

Tugboats in Thessaloniki are expected to work normally on these dates as these crew will not be attending this strike.

The action has been called by the unions in response to the government’s planned changes to labour and insurance rights, pensions and retirement ages.

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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