Last-ditch bid to avert sailors’ strike

Development Minister Anna Diamantopoulou is set to have a fresh meeting with the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) on Sunday in a last-ditch bid to avert the 48-hour strike planned for Tuesday and Wednesday.

While sailors remain intransigent in their social security demands, the travel industry and the local authorities of the islands are putting pressure on PNO and the government to avoid the industrial action that will hamper Easter travelers.

Diamantopoulou sent a letter to PNO general secretary Yiannis Halas to invite the federation to a new meeting on Sunday at 5 p.m. and PNO accepted it.

The seamen will also meet with Health Minister Andreas Loverdos on Monday.

If the strike does go ahead it will mean no ferry services across the country from midnight on Monday to midnight on Wednesday.