Piraeus container workers to strike December 1-2

A 48-hour strike was announced by the Union of Piraeus Port Dock Containers Workers (ENEDEP) on Tuesday, to be held on December 1-2.

In their announcement, the union is demanding the signing of a collective labor agreement, and they also mention that “we now mourn one of our colleagues, while hundreds more suffer from health problems as a result of intensified work and insufficient hygiene and safety measures.”

Meanwhile, the International Maritime Union in Greece sent a letter to the Shipping & Island Policy Ministry on Tuesday, appealing for the undisturbed operation of Piraeus port’s commercial section ahead of the upcoming festive season, “in respect to both the right to strike and to work.”

The maritime union added that the commercial port of Piraeus has been closed since Sunday November 28, “due to weather conditions and due to the known inability to provide navigation services, while 10 mother vessels and 11 feeders have arrived at the port’s anchorage, on standby for loading-unloading.” This situation is damaging for both the domestic market and the national economy, noted the maritime union.