Posted on April 20, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie
Ferry transport across the whole of Greece has been thrown into chaos after the Greek seamen federation launched a hard-hitting strike on Wednesday 18th April.
The strike was waged in protest at a new reform suddenly announced by the government, which aims to allow non-European flagged ships to operate in Greece. The entire network of Greek ferries was impacted, as the 24-hour strike should no sign of concluding and was extended until Friday, with some ferries kept tied to their ports according to the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO).
Should the reform go ahead, it is widely felt that it would impact upon the job security of Greek crews with deteriorating working conditions and the introduction of pension cuts.
The Unions are working on an agreement, but a resolution has yet to be reached.