PNO Announces Four-Hour Strike on Labor Day Holiday in May

    The Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation PNO announced on Tuesday that a four-hour work stoppage will take place on the Labor Day holiday, May 1, for all types of ships, between the hours of 8am and noon.

    It said the work stoppage paid a “minimum homage” to those that had fought and struggled in the past to establish fundamental labor rights that are now being demolished and leveled by government policies, with the support of, and at the instructions of the EU-IMF troika.

    Protecting jobs, dealing with the scourge of unemployment but also protecting social insurance rights were the top priorities for seamen, a PNO announcement said.

    As a result of the four-hour work stoppage of port employees, serious problems are going to stand in the way of travelers on the coming holiday of May 1.

    The Panhellenic Union of Merchant Marine Engineers (PEMEN) and the Panhellenic Union of Merchant Seamen (PENEN) jointly decided to announce a 24-hour strike, but their proposal was not accepted.

    According to PEMEN’s official statement, despite the “attack” against dockers’ rights, the majority of the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation reached the final decision to go on a four-hour work stoppage and not go on a 24-hour Panhellenic strike as originally planned.

    PEMEN calls on dockers to safeguard the planned strike and refers to the cancellation of collective agreements, the desecration of its funds and the rising unemployment.

    PNO asks in its official statement that on the occasion of the Labor Day, jobs be secured, unemployment be fought against and social insurance rights of seamen be safeguarded.


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