Greece: Fears of protracted strike at Piraeus, Thessaloniki ports

Piraeus

Workers at the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) and the Thessaloniki Port Authority (OLTH) are due to go on strike to protest privatisation plans on Thursday, prompting fears of a prolonged period of inactivity at the ports.

In 2008, stevedores in Piraeus were involved in a 14-month period of protest action in a bid to prevent the sale of a container terminal to Chinese giant COSCO. It led to OLP losing 55 million euros in revenue.

The port workers are due to begin rolling 48-hour strikes on Thursday, Greek news portal EKathimerini reports. They are also demanding the renewal of their collective contracts.

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