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Civil mobilisation ordered for striking seamen

Δημοσίευση 1 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 09:43 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Civil mobilisation ordered  for striking seamen
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The maritime affairs ministry on Monday afternoon announced the civil mobilisation of merchant seamen serving in the domestic coastal shipping sector, following a decision by a union representing the latter to declare another 48-hour strike hours earlier.

The maritime affairs ministry on Monday afternoon announced the civil mobilisation of merchant seamen serving in the domestic coastal shipping sector, following a decision by a union representing the latter to declare another 48-hour strike hours earlier.

The strike, patterned on rolling 48-hour industrial actions, has continued for the past seven days.

"Unfortunately, the intransigence of both sides and the display of social irresponsibility have led to another deadend, and the continuation of the strike. The result of these actions has caused a dire social need, particularly for the public health, due to the shortages of pharmaceuticals and medical services towards sensitive populations in our islands," Minister Yiannis Diamantidis said in a statement.

The board of the seamen's federation (PNO) voted, 11 in favour to four against, to continue with another 48-hour strike on Monday afternoon.

Seamen extend strike for further 48 hours

Greece's seamens union PNO on Monday announced its decision to extend strike action by another 48 hours, from 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday until 6:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. In a vote taken by the PNO leadership on Monday, there were 11 votes for extending the strike and four against.

The strike, which has already lasted about a week and effectively cut off transportation of goods to the Greek islands, will include all categories of ships for which no collective labour agreement has been signed. They include passenger and car ferries to Greek islands and short-haul freighters under 500 dwt plying Mediterranean routes.

Earlier on Monday, the government said that it has not ruled out the possibility of declaring a civil mobilisation in the coastal shipping sector to end the ongoing strike by the seamen's union (PNO), mostly held in the form of rolling 48-hour industrial actions.

Speaking to a local radio station in Athens, Maritime Affairs Minister Yiannis Diamantidis reiterated that the "state cannot allow our country to remain cut in two, with goods unable to be transported due to pay hike demands by seamen, at the same time when others get no wage increases ... all of the possibilities to deal with the problem are open," he said.

Diamantidis said a pending meeting between union representatives and coastal shipping owners and officials will yield results on Monday. The minister is also scheduled to meet with the union's leadership and the president of the shipowners' federation.