Ferry boat strike in Greece ends; union accepts coastal shipping operators' 2% offer

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 13:13
UPD:13:14
REUTERS/ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS

Greek seamen guard the ramp of a moored passenger ferry during a 24-hour strike of Greece's seamen's federation PNO against austerity policies affecting their sector, at the port of Piraeus, Greece, September 3, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

By L. Karageorgos
lkar@naftemporiki.gr

A powerful seamen's union in Greece on Tuesday announced a suspension of a same-day 24-hour strike, meaning that ferry boat routes throughout the country can gradually resume in the coming hours.

PNO had declared the industrial action for Tuesday, extending until 6 a.m. (local time) on Wednesday morning. The strike came after another 24-hour industrial action on Monday.

The seamen's union announced that it had accepted a proposal by the association representing coastal shipping companies (SEEN) for pay increases of 2 percent, retroactively imposed as of Jan. 1, 2018. A new round of negotiations will commence later for 2019 pay scales.

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