Greek Seamen to Strike on Monday

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The Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PSO) confirmed it would stage a 24-hour strike on Monday, September 3.

The decision is being made after a meeting with shipowners today, August 29, failed to meet workers’ wage increase requests.

The union is seeking a 5 percent increase for ferry crews under a collective bargaining agreement as it deems the hike is long overdue since there were no wage increases for eight years.

As disclosed, the shipowners offered only  1 percent wage increase.

Responding to the strike announcement, the Greek Shipowners Association for Passenger Ships (SEEN) said the suspension of services would affect 180,000 passengers, 50,000 private vehicles and 3,000 trucks, causing a serious problem for both tourists and transportation of goods.

With regard to PSO’s wage increase demands, SEEN offered to renew the collective agreement under the same terms as despite significant cuts in other sectors due to economic troubles of the country Greek seafarers’ wages remained intact.

Ferry operations are expected to be fully suspended on Monday. Passengers whose trips got cancelled due to the strike are entitled to full refund and are advised to contact their travel agents.

The strike will start at 6.00 local time, the union said.

World Maritime News Staff

 

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