Greece: Sailors' 8 day strike called off

Greek seamen ended an eight day strike over employment rights and retirement benefits yesterday.

Submitted by Steven. on February 26, 2006

In Piraeus, Greece's largest port, strikers clashed with riot police on Wednesday to stop trucks boarding ferries. The government had ordered them back to work with the help of military law, and MPs had called for foreign ships to be used to break picket lines.

The strike cut off supplies to many parts of the country, and was called off as the Greek government considers a head-on clash with workers over new labour refoms to be pushed through later this year.

None of the sailors demands were met, but they stated they were ending the action “due to their sensitivity to the public.”