Battle stations manned for Zenith’s arrival

The Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) is planning a fresh blockade of the port of Piraeus on Monday in order to coincide with the mooring of the Zenith cruise liner. In a statement the federation issued yesterday, it makes it clear that its only option is to proceed with the blockade: ‘The PNO administration examined developments regarding the Malta-flagged cruise ship Zenith, and decided to proceed with worker action against the vessel on Monday, June 7, 2010 during its arrival at the port of Piraeus. This union activity is the continuation of previous action by the federation in order to protect the fundamental rights of Greek naval workers, with securing their jobs being first and foremost.’ Zenith’s owners, Spain-based Pullmantur Cruises, have signaled their intention to remove Piraeus from their schedule.