Strike to hit Greek ports Wednesday

The Greek ports will once again be hit with a 48-hour strike starting tomorrow, heralds service company Inchcape Shipping Services.

The Greek port Thessaloniki, which is presumably safe from strikes. | Photo: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP/POLFOTO/arkiv

Once again in a period of just a few months, a strike will paralyze Greek ports, informs company Inchcape Shipping Services. At 6AM CET on Wednesday morning, several Greek unions will launch a strike which will last 48 hours until Friday morning at 6AM. The strike will impact domestic services, local ferries and not least vessels set to call at the ports Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Pachi and Megara

This is not the first time that the country's unions coordinate a strike. Two times in December port workers protested the cutbacks which were forced upon the Greek ports in relation to the Greek government's plan to privatize the ports. The effects of the cutbacks include lower pensions and a higher retirement age. In the case of Piraeus, the privatization plans were settled last week when Chinese Cosco increased its bid to over USD 400 million in order to get a controlling stake in the port.

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