Fer­ries re­main moored again

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

No pas­sen­ger fer­ries will sail to­day, thereby ex­tend­ing the dis­rup­tion to con­nec­tions be­tween the main­land and Greece’s is­lands for a third con­sec­u­tive days.

To­day’s sched­uled cross­ings have been can­celed be­cause of a 24-hour strike by the Pan­hel­lenic Sea­men’s Fed­er­a­tion (PNO). The union is protest­ing a pro­vi­sion in the midterm fis­cal plan that will lead to sailors’ pen­sions be­ing cut by 6 per­cent. The protest ac­tion means that no fer­ries will sail from Pi­raeus, Lavrio or Ra­fina.

Ferry ser­vices had been dis­rupted on the pre­vi­ous two days as well. How­ever, this was not be­cause PNO was tak­ing part in the 48-hour gen­eral strike. In fact, the union did not join in the protest. The fer­ries were ham­pered by protests from mem­bers of the Com­mu­nist Party-af­fil­i­ated PAME la­bor union who pre­vented pas­sen­gers from board­ing the ves­sels.

The ferry firms made it known that they had ex­pected the PAME protests and had asked the coast guard to en­sure that the union­ists would not be able to pre­vent the ships from trav­el­ing.

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