The Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) has called a 48-hour strike, effective as of 6am on Monday, November 2, until 6am on Wednesday, November 4, in response to "the new regulations and requirements of the third memorandum".
The effects of Greece’s economic crisis (pay cuts, job and pension cuts, tax hikes) coupled with increased ferry ticket prices and a 48-hour strike of seamen, was enough for many Greeks to either change their holiday plans or just stay home last month during the Easter holiday.
The bill promoted by the government for the lifting of cabotage restrictions is a historical reform for the Greek cruise industry, Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli said last month.
“Predictions show that over the next two years cruises to the Mediterranean will be the world's first choice, outshining the half century dominance of cruises to the Caribbean.” This was just one of the conclusions of the report in regards to the lifting of cabotage restrictions...
Lifting cabotage restrictions would mean the end of Greek-flagged cruise shipping and the funeral of Greek sailors, Antonis Dalakogiorgos, head of the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation (PNO), recently told the media.