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Dockworkers extend their strike

Greek dockworkers have extended their strike, leaving ferries tied up in port until Wednesday morning.

The strike, which began Thursday, is demanding back pay for the workers from ship owners, a collective wage agreement, and an end to undocumented and uninsured employees. The workers also want the government to cancel a plan to regulate the minimum number of dock workers required in each crew, saying that would lead to layoffs.

The strike has been hard on the many Greek islands that have no airports and rely on ferries to deliver their basic supplies.

Greek media reported Sunday that the government is considering using emergency powers to force the dock employees back to work. [AP]

ekathimerini.com , Monday February 4, 2013 (01:18)  
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