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    Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) began on Wednesday a 48-hour strike against austerity measures, as all vessels remain in ports and ferry traffic to Greek islands is suspended.

    ATHENS (Sputnik) The sailors are protesting the Greek government's plans to reform pension and social security systems, and the elimination of seamen insurance fund NAT. PNO announced a possible prolongation of the stoppage.

    The federation staged a four-day strike against the government "anti-people policy" in November.

    On January 15, the Greek major private sector labor union General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) announced that a 24-hour strike would be held on February 4 in response to government social reforms. The union's executive board said it might prolong strike beyond 24 hours if necessary.

    GSEE called for Greek workers to join a rally against pension reform, organized by the Greek umbrella union for the public sector, the Civil Servants' Confederation (ADEDY), in Athens on Saturday. Some 3,000 people participated in the protest.

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