Saturday November 22, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
18o C
10o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Greek islands face supply shortage as dock workers announce more action [Update]

Greek seamen on Tuesday defied government warnings and extended for another 48 hours a series of rolling strikes that have left Greece's islands without ferry links with the mainland for six days.

Ships will remain tied up in port until early Friday, while the seamen's union will meet anew to debate whether to further extend their walkout. The union is angry at pay arrears and government austerity policies.

The strike has already had an impact on islanders, many of whom rely on the mainland for basic everyday supplies. On Monday, an island trade and commerce association warned that the seamen's walkout poses a substantial threat to small businesses in the archipelago, which already face severe pressure due to Greece's three-year financial crisis.

Dock workers are demanding back pay from ship owners, a collective labor agreement and an end to undocumented and uninsured employees. They 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 conservative-led coalition government has implied that if the seamen's strike drags on, it will force them back to work with a civil mobilization order. Last month, it employed that tactic to end a lengthy walkout by Athens' underground rail workers.

Speaking on Mega television on Tuesday morning, Merchant Marine Minister Costis Mousourlis said that the government has made an offer to dock workers with terms to end their strike, including the settlement of arrears from shipowners.

"There is no reason for the strike to continue," he said.

The minister's terms were rejected by the seamean's union, which accuses the government of maintaining a recalcitrant stance. [Combined reports

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday February 5, 2013 (11:20)  
PASOK nixes Papandreou leadership challenge
Climate change to hit farming, Greek coastline
Piraeus nightclub shooting leaves 3 seriously injured
Image of artwork showing humans in blender taken out of schoolbooks
Fitch keeps Greek rating at B, outlook stable
Fitch Ratings retained Greeces sovereign credit rating at B and its outlook as stable late on Friday but warned of a downgrade should snap elections prove inconclusive or negotiations wit...
More cash for banks with same papers
Greek banks will be able to draw additional liquidity from the European Central Bank after Frankfurt issued a guideline on Friday that revises the haircut applying to securities issued or ...
Inside Business
INTERVIEW
Tokyo hopes to change the world
The 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo will serve as a springboard for the rebuilding of Japans image and economy following the triple blow of the earthquake, tsunami and nuc...
BASKETBALL
Big win for Greens, tight one for Reds
Panathinaikos scored a crucial as well as emphatic away win at Turow on Thursday that should see it qualify from its tough group to the top 16 of the Euroleague, while Olympiakos saw off vis...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Is Europe paying attention?
Barack Obama brought hope to the entire world when he was elected president of the United States in 2009 and then again in 2012 for a second term. During his first visit to Europe, marked by...
EDITORIAL
A reasonable agreement
Greece cannot and should not allow itself to be left without a safety net to make up for any funding needs that may crop up after the end of the year. Without such protection it would be at ...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. PASOK nixes Papandreou leadership challenge
2. Climate change to hit farming, Greek coastline
3. Piraeus nightclub shooting leaves 3 seriously injured
4. Fitch keeps Greek rating at B, outlook stable
5. Image of artwork showing humans in blender taken out of schoolbooks
6. More cash for banks with same papers
more news
Today
This Week
1. Fitch keeps Greek rating at B, outlook stable
2. Climate change to hit farming, Greek coastline
3. Piraeus nightclub shooting leaves 3 seriously injured
4. PASOK nixes Papandreou leadership challenge
5. Give Greece a chance
6. Coscos Greek unit adds multinational rail-freight client
Today
This Week
1. Double quake on Atalanti fault line rattles Greek capital [Update]
2. Greece and Poland switch roles as young Greeks head to vibrant Eastern European country for better prospects
3. Constructively disrupting the Greek start-up ecosystem: What will the impact be?
4. Anti-junta uprising anniversary to be marked amid tight security
5. Biden heads to Istanbul amid tension over Cyprus EEZ violation
6. Carlsberg takes control of Greek brewer Olympic Brewery [Update]
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.