Greek Union Rallies Disrupt Shipping Routes

Tuesday, May 01, 2001
Public transport in Greece will grind to a halt on Tuesday for the second time in less than a week following calls from Greek union leaders for a strong May Day turnout against government plans for pension changes.

Public transport workers have scheduled stoppages throughout the day. Flights and shipping will also be seriously disrupted.

A mass walkout last Thursday crippled much of the country, despite a last minute decision by the government to freeze its controversial pension reform plans.

The Panhellenic Seamen's Organization said its members would strike from 6 a.m. until midnight, keeping all ships in port.

Two routes between northern Greece and northeast Greece and two between the main port city of Piraeus and Kalamata, at the tip of the Peloponnese peninsula, will also run.

Last Thursday's strike, called by umbrella union group GSEE and its public sector sister ADEDY, drew 150,000 people to a protest in Athens, shut down schools, hospitals and state services and brought transport to a standstill.

GSEE leaders will meet again on May 8 to decide whether to call another 24-hour general strike on May 17, despite a government climbdown on its controversial pension reforms.

The government said on the eve of last week's strike it would shelve its proposals for a uniform retirement age of 65 and new pension calculation rules in the hope of enticing unions to the negotiations table.

But union leaders said that, although the government had frozen its plans, it still maintained proposals to raise the retirement age and reduce pensions.

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ports

Long Beach Cargo Continues to Climb

Cargo container traffic rose 7.3 percent in September at the Port of Long Beach compared to the same month last year, making for the Southern California seaport’s busiest September since 2007,

New Intermodal Rail Service from PortMiami

Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) and PortMiami, through a strategic alliance, are offering the Sunshine Gateway service, which includes on-dock intermodal rail capabilities.

Singapore’s MPA Discuss LNG Bunkering

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Antwerp Port Authority, Port of Rotterdam and Port of Zeebrugge participated in a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

 
 
Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1687 sec (6 req/sec)