Greece: Seamen to begin strike on Monday

Greece: Seamen to begin strike on Monday

The Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PSO) has said that its members would stage a 24-hour strike on Monday next week.

The decision was made after a meeting with shipowners on Wednesday failed to meet workers’ wage increase requests.

The strike will kick off at 6 a.m. local time, the union said.

The union is seeking a five 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.

The shipowners, however, reportedly offered only one percent wage increase to the agitated seamen.

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

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