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Ports in Greece face a 48-hour strike from today (Wednesday) affecting domestic and local ferries as well as commercial vessels.

The walk out has been called by the Seaman’s Union of Greece and is expected to hit the ports of Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Pachi, Megara and Thessaloniki, according to maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services.

The action has been called by the union in response to the Greek government’s planned changes to labour and insurance rights, pensions and retirement ages.

“The Crew Union of Towage and Salvage and the Tug Boats Crew Union of Thessaloniki have confirmed their participation on the strike which is scheduled to start at 6am local time on 20 January and end at 6am on 22 January,” ISS said.

“During the stoppage period, vessels will not be able to berth, shift or sail from the affected ports.

“ISS Greece is working with its clients to minimise delays and will keep its clients updated.”