13 thoughts on “Pensioner suicide, will Greece follow Tunisia?

  1. Greek seamen’s union calls strike after demobilising previous action

    The Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation of Greece has called a 48-hour strike for April 10-11 after suspending strike action by seamen two weeks ago. The workers originally struck in opposition to pension cuts and changes to collective labour contracts.

    The government of Prime Minister Lucas Papademos plans to move the seamen’s social insurance scheme, NAT, into a new scheme, EOPPY. Under new legislation, NAT pensioners have already had their pensions slashed by up to €500-€600 per month.

    Following verbal promises made by Development, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Anna Diamantopoulou, the strike was suspended on March 20. According to government sources the strike was beginning to have major repercussions as it was called off.

    The media are seeking to present the seamen as a group holding the country to ransom. Kathemerini commented this week, “it is unthinkable that a single group can so crudely undermine the Greek economy at such a difficult time” and called on the “union’s leadership” to “show the necessary maturity and responsibility.”


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