Greek Ports Facing Another Strike

The Port of Thessaloniki

Greek ports and vessel movements will be hit by a 24-hour strike on 12 November, as announced by General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE), which will affect vessel movements at all Greek ports and terminals, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) reported.

The strike will be launched at 06:00 local time and end at 06:00 on 13 November. During the stoppage period, vessels will not be able to berth, shift or sail from ports or terminals.

GSEE said that the strike is a response to the government’s planned changes to labour and insurance rights, pensions and retirement ages, as well as the privatisation of the country’s main ports, namely the Port of Thessaloniki and Piraeus Port.

As previously reported by World Maritime News, the Crew Union of Towage Companies in Greece held a strike in October protesting against the planned ports privatization proposed by the Greek ruling party Syriza in September. Another warning strike was held just a few days ago, on 2 November, when Greek ferry workers voiced their opposition to growing austerity measures, pension cuts, unemployment and ports privatization.

World Maritime News Staff, Image: OLTH

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