Peiraeus, the central commercial harbour of Greece remains blocked as dockworkers decided to continue their strike against privatisation by another 48h. More than 215.000 tons of merchandise is stocking up in the harbour while 12.000 containers remain in boats waiting to be unloaded.
The dockworkers of Peiraeus, the largest harbour of Greece, adjacent to Athens, have decided to continue their strike which has caused all sea-related commercial activities to freeze. The strike began on the first of October when the lease of the harbour, which is state-owned, to the Chinize giant COSCO, was officially activated. The dockworkers have blockaded all loading and unloading of cargo, leading to enormous chains of trucks in the harbour, the piling of 215.000 tons of merchandise and 12.000 containers in limbo on boats anchored in the harbour.
The commercial cost of the strike has been estimated as enormous, leading the Commerce and Industry Chamber to ask the new Socialist government to judge the strike illegal, whereas the left denounces the lease as "neocolonialism", and has been pressing the government to honor its promises and freeze the contract with COSCO.
The leasing of the harbour had been voted last March with 149 votes in parliament, although 151 are needed to put any legislation through, thus putting the lease under scrutiny as anti-constitutional. The vote had caused a 48h strike and a demo of dockworkers outside the parliament.