The Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) has announced a 48-hour nationwide strike in all ship categories from 00:01 on Tuesday, May 16, until 24:00 on Wednesday, May 17.
Among claims, the Greek seamen are demanding that their labor and social security rights are restored to pre-memorandum levels and that collective labor agreements will be in effect for workers of all categories of ships for 2017. The ferry workers are also protesting against uninsured labor and increased unemployment in their sector.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, PNO underlined that during the seven years of memorandums, active and retired Greek seamen have felt the consequences of anti-labor measures that have led to the crumbling of their labor relations and their social security rights.
PNO warned that the two-day strike may be the beginning of a rolling program of industrial action.
Travelers that have booked ferry tickets are advised to check with their travel agents or contact local port authorities for further information. Passengers whose trip is cancelled due to the strike are entitled to a full refund of their ticket.