Strike at ELPE raises con­cern

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

A 16-day strikean­nounced by the PSEEP union, which rep­re­sents work­ers at Hel­lenic Petroleum (ELPE), is ex­pected to make it dif­fi­cult for fuel to reach Greece’s is­lands and other parts of the coun­try.

The ac­tions con­sists of sev­eral one- or two-day strikes as well as two five-day walk­outs that will start on Au­gust 22 and 27. PSEEP said it is protest­ing be­cause the reg­u­la­tion set­ting out the spec- ifi­ca­tions for tug­boats that can be used at the har­bors next to ELPE’s re­finer­ies is be­ing sus­pended for a year. The union ar­gues the suspension puts work­ers at risk.

The com­pany said the move was agreed with the Ship­ping Min­istry. If the spec­i­fi­ca­tions are ap­plied, 42 of the 50 tug­boats that cur­rently help tankers reach the har­bors would be put out of com­mis­sion.

ELPE’s man­age­ment has ap­pealed to the courts to have the strike deemed il­le­gal and has given as­sur­ances that there is enough fuel for de­liv­er­ies to made as usual this week­end.

The com­pany’s ap­peal is due to be ex­am­ined to­day. ELPE says it could suf­fer 70 mil­lion eu­ros in losses and that there could be prob­lems get­ting fuel to var­i­ous parts of the coun­try.

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