A new 48-hour strike is slated for Greek ports starting Jan. 27, according to Inchape Shipping Services (ISS). It is expected that the routes of domestic and local ferries and commercial vessels calling at Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Pachi and Megara will be affected.
The strike action has been announced by the Hellenic Crew Union and the Towage and Salvage Crew Union of Piraeus and is scheduled to start at 06:00 local time on January 27 and end at 06:00 on January 27.
During the stoppage period, vessels will not be able to berth, shift or sail from the affected ports. Tug boats in Thessaloniki are expected to work normally on these dates as these crews will not be participating in the strike.
The action has allegedly been called by the unions in response to the government’s planned changes to labor and insurance rights, pensions and retirement ages.
ISS Greece said it is working with its clients to minimize delays and will keep its clients updated.
This strike would be applicable to cruise ships as well, however, there are no calls scheduled during the strike dates.