Greek Seamen’s Union Announce Extension of Strike; No Ferry Services for 4 Days

After walking off the job Tuesday, the seamen’s union announced that same afternoon that they are extending their strike, which was originally planned to last 48 hours, for another two days.

The strike is in protest of the new austerity measures in accordance to the bailout program that Greece is obliged to fulfill.

The Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation said it was asking “for the understanding and full support of both the traveling public and all Greek workers,” adding that the new measures would lead seamen “to poverty and destitution.”

The strike has left ferries that service Greece’s islands docked at port until Friday, midnight.