Ferry workers call new 48-hour strike


The union of Greek seamen, PNO, on Tuesday announced fresh protest action with a 48-hour strike commencing on Wednesday morning, on the back of a two-day strike on Monday and Tuesday.

The first strike was meant to end at 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning but PNO’s executive committee decided to continue the action in protest at a fresh wave of austerity measures, part of a third bailout program signed by the country and its lenders.

The actions means that ferry boats will remain tied at port for four consecutive days, seriously affecting the transport of goods and passengers to and from Greece’s islands.

There was no announcement on Tuesday afternoon regarding an appeal for service to be resumed for ferry boats chartered by the government to bring thousands of refugees and migrants from the islands to the mainland.