Greek Seamen End Strike, Return to Work

ΑΠΕΡΓΙΑ ΝΑΥΤΕΡΓΑΤΩΝ - ΛΙΜΑΝΙ ΠΕΙΡΑΙΑReluctantly obeying a civil mobilization order issued by the government, striking Greek seamen went back to work on Feb. 6 rather than face the prospect of being jailed and even losing their jobs.

For the second time in two weeks – as he did with striking Metro workers – Prime Minister Antonis Samaras issued the order which had been used only 10 times since the fall of the ruling military junta in 1974.

Samaras said Greek islands were suffering shortages of supplies because the strikers had kept ships in port for six days. They were protesting because they haven’t been paid for six months during the country’s crushing economic crisis and feared coming reforms would lead to the loss of many of their jobs.

The government is late in making payments to some sectors, although Members of Parliament, and Parliament workers who have been exempted from more pay cuts, are being paid promptly.

The sea workers returned to their jobs despite a vote by their unions to defy the order and extend the strike. While scheduled services to islands across the country resumed, riot police forces were heavily present at the port of Piraeus in order to keep strikers away from boats taking on passengers and cargo.

The Panhellenic Seamen’s Union, PNO, slammed the government’s decision to issue a civil mobilization order and spoke of “unprecedented violence and terrorism” with regards to the presence of police at the Piraeus port.

Speaking to Antenna TV, Merchant Marine Minister Costis Mousouroulis said he was willing to begin talks with the union over its grievances. PNO head Antonis Dalakogiorgos, speaking to SKAI TV, said there could be another strike when the new Merchant Marine Ministry draft law reaches Parliament.



  1. “The government is late in making payments to some sectors, although
    Members of Parliament, and Parliament workers who have been exempted
    from more pay cuts, are being paid promptly”. This country is showing no sign of ending “The Elite Group” of parliament workers not being included in the austerity measures…It is unfair for all of us to suffer the crisis while others are enjoying the “Full Monty” life style…Samara is a coward for not been able to take strong action against parliament workers and Tax evaders…There is no other word to describe him other than “Coward” and “Traitor” to his own people…

  2. This governement of “Con-men” is soon to fall after all the Scandals and FRAUD they have perpertrated on the Greek People… They will soon pay for their treason against the State… the time is nearing each day and Samaras and the phoney Coaltion will be out and prosecuted for their crimes ! 

  3. Ohh noooooo…..People have to do their job so others don’t suffer!

    I heard somewhere that if someone does not like his job or wages, he/she can quit. Is that true? I thought that here was a special law in Greece were everybody had a right to whatever they wanted? And if they didn’t get it, they simply yelled, striked and screamed human rights! 

  4.  Wow….who ever heard of people striking for not getting paid??? They should have continued working without pay!  Return to work or get jailed…nice Democracy!  Alithia you are a brainwashed American.  These people have been working there for years.  They are over 45 years old and in Greece there is no way someone that age can ever find work!  This is not the US! WAKE UP!


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