Piraeus Port Strike Suspended - The Best from Greece
Posted on: 11/Nov/2009
Piraeus port dockworkers early Wednesday suspended their strike, after a Piraeus Court of First Instance ruled the ongoing rolling strikes as illegal a day earlier.
The decision to suspend strike action was reached after a marathon meeting of the boards of the Federation of Port Workers of Greece (OMYLE) and the Association of Dockworkers of the Piraeus Port Authority SA (PPA SA) that ran into the first hours of Wednesday.
Following the decision, the port's 1,500 dockworkers returned to work on Wednesday.
The court ruling was issued on Tuesday after the country's chambers of commerce and 48 businesses filed a class action lawsuit against the 1,500 striking dockworkers in the port of Piraeus' container terminal, claiming that their financial interests are being hurt. The dock workers union opposes implementation of a contract giving Chinese multinational Cosco concession of the Piraeus container terminal -- one of the biggest direct foreign investments in Greece over the recent period.
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