Unions Threaten Government with Strikes

The Panhellenic Seamen’s Union (PNO) is one of several labor unions threatening to walk out on rolling 48-hour strikes over austerity measures to be submitted to Parliament before mid-October.
The new austerity measures—which must be agreed with the ‘troika’ of European Union, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund—are a combination of spending cuts and income-generating measures totaling 13.5 billion euros to bring fiscal targets for 2013 and 2014 in line with a bailout program.
According to unidentified PNO sources cited in the Greek media, the union’s legal staff are preparing briefs for calling a strike as soon as the austerity measures are announced and adopted by Parliament. The union’s executive committee is expected to meet in the next few days to take a final decision on the strike.
Other unions threatening extended labor action include the Public Power Company (DEH) employees, whose executive last week voted in favor of rolling 48-hour strikes if Parliament adopts the austerity package.