ECONOMY

Court declares OLP workers’ industrial action to be lawful

A Piraeus court rejected yesterday the injunction application filed last week by Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) against the ongoing industrial action of port employees. OLP had asked the court to consider whether the workers’ refusal to work overtime and at weekends since January, as well as several 24-hour strikes in protest against plans to privatize the port’s container operations, were illegal and abusive. The court ruled however that sufficient evidence had not been provided by the witnesses who testified for OLP. It also ruled that the six strikes held to date could not be considered to have caused irreparable financial damage to OLP. Today port workers will hold another 24-hour strike and continue their refusal to work weekends and overtime until the end of the month. «We believe that justice has done what was self-evident. We continue our struggle against the entry of private investors in the port, as OLP is profitable and can make investments by itself,» said the president of the Port Workers’ Association, Giorgos Nouchoutidis.