Shipments stacking up at Piraeus port

Containers piled up at Piraeus Port (OLP) yesterday, the ninth day of a strike by workers protesting against a concession deal with China’s Cosco Pacific. Thousands of containers clogged the docks of Piraeus, while ships with tons of merchandise on board were turning to alternative ports, the Piraeus Merchants’ Association said. The dockworkers strike began on October 1, the day Cosco Pacific took over management of two of Piraeus’s piers. The recently appointed Socialist government has promised to review the deal, which workers say affects employment rights and may lead to job cuts. The case is also being examined by a top court. The labor action is the latest in a series of rolling 24-hour strikes staged by dockworkers in the past two years.