Ferries will remain docked as the Greek Federation of Seamen’s Unions PNO announced it sticks with its decision to launch a nationwide 24-hour strike. The strike is scheduled for Monday, September 3rd 2018. The strike begins at 6 o’ clock Monday morning. Some media report that the strike affects only ferries, others that it affects all ships.
The decision for the strike was confirmed during a meeting of the PNO executive committee on Wednesday morning.
That was the response to the offer by ship owners who offered a 1 percent wage increase for ferry crews, amna reports.
The offer was insufficient, the PNO said. It asks for a 5 percent wage increase, stressing that there has been no wage increase in the last eight years.
On their part, ship owners say that they have not reduced the wages for their crews during the years of the economic crisis alike other sectors.
However, wage increase is only one of the long list of demands of the PNO that wants to secure crews’ rights as well as payments of outstanding wages.
The PNO had announced the strike beginning of August, negotiations with all bodies concerned have failed.
The PNO threatens to escalate their actions.
If you plan to travel by sea on Sept 3rd better check with travel agencies and local port authorities.