Sailors Strike Halts Greek Ferries



Greek ferries will stay in ports through Monday, bringing inter-island routes to a halt after the influential federation of Greek Seamen (the PNO union) called for a 24-hour strike over demands for a pay raise.

The PNO Union called for the strike after ferry operators failed to comply with workers’ requests for a five-percent pay raise.

The stoppage comes at the very end of the summer holiday season as ferry operators laid on extra services on Sunday to cover weekend demand.

Last week ferry companies urged crews to call off their strike amid concerns that thousands of travelers will be left stranded on popular Greek islands such as Santorini, Mykonos and Crete.

In a statement, they stressed said that 180,000 people have booked to travel by ferry on the day of the strike.

They said that operators will be unable to reschedule their ferry timetables and warned that tourists trapped on islands will miss their flights home.