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+++ Ferries strike ends after Greece Seamen’s unions agree with shipowners

The Greek Seamen’s unions Federation PNO has reportedly agreed with shipowners for Passenger Ships on Tuesday noon. The ferries strike ends later on Tuesday, media report, and not at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 5th 2018, as originally scheduled.

PNO and shipowners agreed for a 2% wage raise for 2018 and thus retroactive since the beginning of the year, state broadcaster ERT TV reported at 12 o’ clock news.

Citing a PNO member the state broadcaster added that the two sides agreed also on the signature of collective bargain on annual basis and with a wage raise of 2 percent.

The PNO wanted a 5% wage raise for 2018, stressing that ferry crews have not received any wage increases in the last eight years of the Greek economic crisis.

ERT reporter added that after the agreement the PNO will not extend its strike and that the strike could also end any time soon and thus before 6:00 a.m. on Sept 5th as it was originally scheduled.

A little later, Greek media reported that the strike ended, ferries crews have been ordered to return to the ships and ferries will resume the service.

  • If you plan to travel by sea, check with travel agents and local port authorities.

Ferries operators had said that they would enhance schedules, should the strike be over.

Many islands have no other option to connect with the mainland other the sea way.

Estimated 180,000 islanders and tourists have been reportedly stranded on Greek islands after the strike started at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept 3rd 2018.

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