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GREEK PORTS TO WITNESS A TOWAGE STRIKE
Team Sea and Coast | 22/02/2021
The Panhellenic Union of Merchant Marine Engineers (Pemen) has summoned a 48-hour strike on all categories of ships from 23-24 February, 2021 in Greek ports. The prospects of further continuation of this strike are quite high. The duration of the strike will be from Tuesday, 23 February at 0001 hours to Wednesday, 24 February at 2400 hours local time.
The towage service will be inaccessible during the strike hours which will directly influence the vessel’s maneuvering ability inside the country’s ports. The vessels reaching Piraeus, the Mediterranean’s biggest container port, are expected to go through berthing delays. A heavy crowding is anticipated at the port’s three terminals at the close of strike.
While announcing the strike plan, the Union alleged that the government, shipowners and the Shipping and Island Policy ministry is ignoring and burying the social security and union rights of seafarers and no proper measures have been taken for public health protection amidst the pandemic. A law was passed last July which caused an immense blow to the institution of collective labour agreements in seafaring.
The liner companies were warning clients that it’s cumbersome to foresee the extent of strike’s impact on Piraeus regarding congestion and waiting-time.
 
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