Ship, Train Workers Join May Day Strike



tromaktiko4050With a general strike of private sector workers looming for May 1 to protest ongoing austerity measures, the Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) together with the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) said its workers will join in and stop working.

That comes in the wake of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ coalition government passing a multi-faceted reform bill that will lead to the firing of 15,000 workers with the country’s unemployment rate already at a record 27.2 percent.

Ships and ferry boats will be left tied up in the docks from April 30th midnight until May 1st at midnight.

The seamen, some of whom have been unpaid for up to six months, were forced back to work by the government earlier this year under the threat of arrest over a prolonged strike and many are being forced to work without being paid, what they called a form of slavery.

The workers are upset with pending reforms that they said could merely lead and force job losses. However, the government has argued that fewer ships and crew members are needed within the winter months when passenger demand is far lower.

According to an announcement issued by the Association of Passenger Shipping Companies (APSC), the shipping companies have announced  changed schedules of the vessels and changed departure hours as well, in order to inform holiday makers ahead of Easter.

Service on the Proastiakos suburban railway will be disrupted as well on Orthodox Easter Saturday and on Easter, May 5. The union is protesting government plans to privatize the OSE to which Proastiakos belongs. They are also pushing for their employer to agree on a collective contract.


11 COMMENTS

  1. You seamen should be ashamed by striking and pleasing the leftists. Get back to work you leftist animals. Support your Government and keep reading those history books because those Skopians are to blame for everything!

  2. Nice try at deflecting attention away from you pseudo-state’s behavior Skopian. I especially love how ultra nationalist fanatics like you overwhelmingly vote far right extremists like crypto-Nazi Gruevski… then pretend to like leftists in Greece (in particular the ones you can manipulate like communist Syriza).

    Remind us again what did your government meant when it used to assure your cockroach apologists…

    “We are Slavs. There’s no connection between us an alexander the Great. ” – Kiro Gligorov President of FYROM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_gjBAhak18

  3. Cockroach is the filthy insect like yourself that feeds of decaying matter, in your case “history”.
    Tell me what ‘Nikos Raptis’ meant when he said in his article ‘Of Greeks and of Turks’ , “half of Greeks in Athens have a Turkish surname”

  4. First of all who the hell care what some nobody Raptis says. Secondly check your sources again trollski. He didn’t say half the greeks in athens have a Turkish surname. You are misquoting him because you are a conscious liar that has no concern for reality.

  5. All readers note: Alex the Arse has a probelm with staying on the topic. EVERYTHING for him is FYROM or anti-leftist orientated.

    Now, while I agree that opinions on one’s political persuasion should be welcomed and that the whole FYROM issue is worthy of discussion, I am sure that I and many other readers are tired of Alex the Arse’s obsessive pathological rants on the same theme again and again.

    Have you noticed, everyone, that anyone who expresses the slightest disagreement with him is branded pro-Skopian or a leftist (myself included). Most of his comments on the issue of the article he is meant to be posting on more often than not lack actual evidence for his weeping remarks too. I have even asked him on numerous occasions to admit that he lives in the U.S. too but he always refuses to. In fact he never talks about *that* for fear his credibility on Greek issues will be undermined. (Not that he poessssed any to begin with.) a favor for Easter and actually stay on the topic and stop

  6. Blah blah. Blah. Don’t you ever get tired of handle swapping? Didn’t you claim to support GD before under your Alex Prime Minister of Greece handle? How is it you keep defending SKopians and leftists then trollski?

    What any Greek with half a brain noticed in this instance is you once again running to the defense of the Skopian false flag trollers here… which any Greek familiar with this website knows exist. Of course you being a non-Greek yourself involved in this constant trolling will deny it.

  7. To any actual Greeks…

    Why I suspect new handle Kosta_K is a Skopian is please notice how he immediately obsessively trolled me like the Skopians do… and said absolutely nothing towards the obvious Skopians on this very same thread. (Skopian “alex” above and “Turkoglou Timeless”) He did this last time as well with another obvious Skopian (“opa”.)

    Given he exhibits the same behavior and uses the same arguments of Alex Prime Minister of Greece (who claimed to support GD… then went on to defend Skopians
    and leftists while trolling me in a similar fashion), it’s highly likely it’s the same poster under yet another handle.

    While he keeps changing handles but if you take away the handle name and just listen carefully to his arguments and style of writing you start to realize several of the handles here are the same poster(s) under a large number of handles.

    I believe this particular one is obsessed with me because I call out his manipulative little game on Greek Reporter as well as constantly denounce Skopians and any of their far leftist supporters (which he keeps rushing to the defense of defending while claiming he isn’t defending)

    Is it possible Kosta_K is “Greek”? . Because of the logical
    inconsistency and handleswapping defense of leftists and Skopians I lean towards Skopian myself but its always possible he’s just one more far leftist offended by me criticizing the treason of some leftists (see communist Syriza
    that bizarrely lobby’s for extremists trying to annex 1/3 of our country and delete our very identity). He would also have to be an especially big moron (even by Syriza standards) not to notice Skopian false flags trolling this website for
    months.

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