Ferry workers insist on April 10-11 strike

Despite repeated pleas from tourism professionals and traders on Greece’s islands who are looking forward to the break for Greek Orthodox Easter on April 15 to jumpstart the spring season, the Panhellenic Seamean’s Union (PNO) on Friday said that it will go ahead with a strike planned for April 10 and 11.

The planned strike is expected to seriously disrupt the plans of people planning to travel during Holy Week and will also interrupt the supply of goods to the islands.

One ferry company, meanwhile, told Kathimerini on Friday that it alone has already issued some 7,000 tickets for the two days of the strike to the islands.

PNO, which has held several walkouts in recent months, is protesting the government?s plans to merge its health service provider with the state?s main healthcare provider (EOPYY). There are also concerns about seamen’s pensions.