The Greek Shipowners Association For Passenger Ships (SEEN) on Friday called for the Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) to suspend the 24-hour strike announced for Tuesday, June 30. The strike is expected to disrupt passenger ferry service in Greece.
According to SEEN, Tuesday’s strike will have a negative impact on the country’s domestic market and islanders, “who are already experiencing a new crisis due to a decline in tourism which has begun to show”.
PNO announced the 24-hour strike earlier this week in protest of some shipping firms violating their collective labor contracts.
However, SEEN claims that PNO has been repeatedly invited to discuss the issue but to no avail.
Among other claims, the Greek seamen are demanding increases in wages, a demand which SEEN finds “provocative at the least” considering the position Greece is in at the moment.
In regards to the increased unemployment in the sector, the association said that this can not be solved by not allowing 57 ferry boats to operate.