Peiraeus dockworkers have resumed striking against the sell out of the largest pier of Greece's main harbour to COSCO after negotiations collapse.
The Peiraeus dockworkers of Pier II of Greece's main commercial harbour have called a 48h strike starting Tuesday 3 November, thus resuming the industrial action that had seen sea commerce freeze for more than two weeks in early October.
According to the dockworkers, the strike comes as a result of the Minister of the Economy, Ms Katseli's failure to guarantee a negotiation of wages, work positions and social security benefits based on the collective contract of the workers with the State, now leasing the harbour to COSCO.
Ms Katseli has promised to try to improve the conditions of the collective contract with COSCO, a thing deemed unacceptable by the workers.Workers' representatives have stressed that it is absurd for the government to sell out one of the most profitable businesses of the public sector, accusing the last government management of the harbour, responsible for handing it over to COSCO, of gross economic mismanagement.
The development has come as a serious blow to the new Socialist government which had gloated of solving the dispute peacefully. The leadership of the governing party, PaSoK, is also worried about the political impact of the strike, as OMYLE, one of the big dockworkers unions calling it, is controlled by its own umbrella union, thus signaling the first base-of-the-Party revolt against the administration. Ms Katseli has declared that she fails "to perceive the legitimacy of the strike".