Seafarers’ Union and Minister for Development Reach No Agreement



Τhe meeting between the seafarers’ union, PNO, and the Minister for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping, Anna Diamantopoulou, proved fruitless once again today. No agreement was reached between the two, which means that passengers across Greece are left waiting for the pending 48-hour rolling strike announced to commence on Holy Tuesday.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Health and Social Solidarity, Antonis Loverdos, and the Minister of Labor, G. Koutroumanis. Loverdos left the meeting after 6pm, while Koutroumanis withdrew a little sooner.

After leaving the meeting, the Health Minister made clear that the Nautou House will remain part of the EOPPY and there is no chance the regulation will change.

“If the government proceeds with the withdrawal of the regulations concerning two draft bills of the Ministry for Development, we will decide the suspension of strikes and mobilizations. Otherwise, we will proceed with the planned 48-hour strike during the Holy Week,” he told the trade union representatives and Greek daily To Vima before the meeting.

The Minister for Development sent a letter Wednesday to the PNO, calling for its leadership to register its demands and suggested solutions in writing as well as to attend today’s meeting.

The Union is protesting against the pension cuts, as well as the incorporation of their social security fund, NAT, into the new social security and health care organization EOPPY. The Union also asks for the immediate signing of the Collective Labour Agreement for 2012.