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Seamen suspend strike after civil mobilisation

Δημοσίευση 2 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:55 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Seamen suspend strike  after civil mobilisation
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Vessel traffic in the port of Piraeus and all ports throughout Greece were returning to normal on Wednesday after the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation (PNO) at dawn Tuesday suspended 8-day rolling strikes.

Vessel traffic in the port of Piraeus and all ports throughout Greece were returning to normal on Wednesday after the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation (PNO) at dawn Tuesday suspended 8-day rolling strikes.

The suspension of the strike followed a maritime affairs ministry announcement on Monday afternoon of a civil mobilisation of merchant seamen serving in the domestic coastal shipping sector, which came on the heels of an earlier PNO decision to call a third consecutive 48-hour strike for Tuesday and Wednesday.

PNO secretary general Yiannis Halas said the federation, following the third civil mobilisation of seamen in the last 8 years, decided to suspend the strike and reorganise the sector's struggle "and resume when we see fit".

A PNO press release said that the federation's 8-day strike was conducted "in adverse conditions on the part of the coastal shipping capital and the government, which undermined with every means the just and fundamental rights of the Greek seamen".

The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) affiliated PAME labor organisation staged a demonstration in the port of Piraeus on Tuesday afternoon in protest of the civil mobilisation of the seamen.

It added that the PASOK government, for the second time in its history of governance of the country and incapable of finding solutions to the long-standing and self-evident demands of the seamen, resorted to its favored 'recipe' of a deplorable, deeply anti-democratic and anti-labor measure of civil mobilisation.

The release further said that PNO and the Greek seamen in their entirety condemn the civil mobilisation and state their determination to put up a strong fight against such practices, which have been deplored by the Greek people.