Farmers to decide on their further stance on Tuesday: Unions escalate labour action

26 January 2016
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Farmers will meet on Tuesday, at 12:00, in Sindos, Thessaloniki, to decide upon their future mobilisations. Another meeting of the farmers that have blocked Nikea, near Larissa, has been scheduled for 13:00 escalating their actions in response to the government’s controversial pension system reform and taxation plans.

Farmers will block roads for two hours (12:00-14:00) as well as Greece’s borders with Bulgaria, FYROM and Albania.

However, yesterday they opened the customs offices in northern Greece near the borders with Bulgaria. “The indefinite closure of the customs offices still applies as we want to be consistent with what we say, but when we see that there is traffic congestion, we will open them to avoid further trouble,” a farmer told ANA-MPA.

Meanwhile, the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) announced a new 48-hour seamen’s strike on January 27-28.

PNO also decided to participate in the strike called by the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE) on February 4, with the prospect of escalating labour action when the draft bill on the social security reforms is tabled in Parliament.

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