May 31, 2016
Greek workers walk off job for 6th day to protest ports sales, march in Athens
Greek port workers walked off the job for a sixth day on Tuesday. They marched through central Athens to protest the state-sanctioned selloff of the country’s two largest ports, Piraeus and Thessaloniki, Reuters said. Fearing layoffs, port workers have been on 48-hour rolling strikes since last week. Greece sealed last month the sale of a 67 percent stake in Piraeus Port, which employs 1,100 people, to shipping giant China Cosco for €368.5 million (US$411 million). Athens is also selling a 67-percent stake in Thessaloniki Port. The strike is mainly disrupting cargo operations but the walkout could also affect cruise ships docking in Piraeus.