The strike of 1.500 dockworkers holds strong in Peiraeus despite rising political pressure from the Socialist government and the Chinese Embassy.
The dockworkers' strike in Peiraeus, Greece's largest harbour, is on its 15th day and has been extended until Sunday 18 October, bringing the newly sworn Socialist government of Greece to the verge of a nervous breakdown. Despite promises of renegotiation by the Minister of Economy Ms Katseli, the strikers are hardening their demands, refusing any middle-ground solution and demanding the deal with COSCO scraped. This has caused the Chinese government to intervene, with the Chinese Ambassador in Athens calling at the Ministry and demanding the strike deemed illegal. The international pressure has led to the first government crisis a week after elections, with the PM calling an urgent ministerial assembly to find a solution to the problem.
According to estimates the greek public sector is currently loosing 5 million euros a day due to the strike, while the harbour itself is burdened by another half a million euros daily. This has allowed the bourgeois media to launch a vilification campaign against the strikers and their anti-colonization discourse. The Socialist government enjoys an all-media support since its landslide victory in October 4 on all social, economic and political fronts