Piraeus Port Dock Workers Call Off Strike Action

ATHENS – Workers at Piers II and III in Piraeus port called off their 48-hour strike, which was due to begin on Friday, but said they will resume their mobilizations if Cosco Shipping does not keep up its end of the agreement, Union of Piraeus Port Dock Containers Workers (ENEDEP) President Markos Bekris said on Friday.

Apart from an investigation into the causes of a recent labor accident that killed one of the union’s members, ENEDEP is also demanding the creation of a health and safety committee, an end to back-to-back shifts (two full shifts with just eight hours rest in-between), as well as of 12-hour shifts and the signing of a collective labour agreement, among others.

Cosco Shipping on Thursday accepted doing away with back-to-back shifts, agreed with the creation of a health committee with the participation of a workers’ representative in it, and also accepted raising the number of employees on shift from 4 to 5.


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