Ferries remain docked at Greece’s ports due to a 24-hour strike on Monday, September 3rd 2018. The Greek Federation of Seamen’s Unions PNO decided to proceed with the strike after negotiations with shipowners over wage hikes did not bring the expected fruits.
Main request of the PNO is the signing of a collective bargain with a 5-percent wage raise. The Federation stresses 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.
The ship owners offered a 1 percent wage increase as of September and another 1 percent as of June 2019.
Wages are only a part of a long list of demands by the PNO that includes also other labor and pension issues.
The strike started at 6:00 a.m. on Monday and will ends at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.
The PNO threatens to intensify their protest actions.
The Federations declares willing for a dialogue with ship owners organizations, however, it stresses it is not willing to make discounts.
If you plan to travel by sea in the next 24 hours, check with travel agencies and local port authorities.
Greek media reported that
- shipping companies plan extraordinary schedules after the strike comes to end
- the PNO will hold an extraordinary meeting on Monday afternoon
Therefore contact with local port authorities and travel agencies is essential.