Greek Seamen to Continue Strike for Two More Days, Union Says

Greek ferries, including service from the port of Piraeus, the main departure point for the country’s islands, will remain idle for another 48 hours after seamen voted to extend a six-day strike.

The Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation, known as PNO, voted to continue striking for another 48 hours from tomorrow, according to a statement today. The seamen are protesting delayed salary payments and government austerity measures including higher taxes and pension cuts. The Greek government has begun proceedings for an emergency order to end the strike, reported, without saying how it got the information. Shipping Minister Konstantinos Mousouroulis gave the union until today to end the strike, according to a statement from the Athens-based ministry yesterday.

Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakis used an emergency decree to end a week-long strike by public-transit workers on Jan. 25. Former Prime Minister George Papandreou’s government also used emergency decrees to end strikes by seamen, truckers and garbage collectors in 2010 and 2011.

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