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Strikers Block Traffic In Greece’s Main Port

Striking port workers are blocking traffic in Piraeus port on Wednesday, preventing thousands of passengers from boarding ferries.
This action comes from a communist affiliated union despite a court order deeming the strike illegal.
“Nothing is operating,” a coastguard spokeswoman told AFP.
“A group of around 80 unionists are keeping ships from sailing.”
“We can’t go to Santorini and we have the hotel paid, and if we don’t take these boats, we lose a lot of money,” said Claudia, a Spanish tourist who would give only her first name.
Passengers had turned up at Piraeus early in the morning after ferry firms had said they planned to go ahead with scheduled routes following a court ruling late Tuesday declaring the strike illegal.
At least five boats had been scheduled to sail for the Cycladic islands, one of the country’s top tourist destinations, early Wednesday, while others had been set to leave for the southern island of Crete later in the day.
A general strike, the fifth since the start of the year, has been called for June 29.

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