Greek doctors and sailors on strike amid COVID crisis

Demanding salary increase and 'social rights' protection

23 February, 17:25

    (ANSAmed) - ROMA, 23 FEB - Hospital doctors and sailing staff were on strike on Tuesday to demand salary increases and unemployment benefits, as well as protection of their ''social rights'', which were affected by measures the government took in response to the pandemic.

    Ships were anchored in the ports of continental Greece as part of the 48-hour strike called by the naval mechanics union PEMEN, while port police say has blocked traffic with the country's islands.

    PEMEN issued a statement demanding "long-term protection of the unemployed", "an increase in unemployment benefits", and salary hikes.

    It also noted an "increase in (the use of) under the table work" in recent months and a "significant" deficit in the national social security fund.

    It has also asked for ''measures for the repatriation of thousands of sailors'' blocked'' in other countries due to the pandemic.

    Hundreds of doctors meanwhile protested in Athens and other cities as part of a 24-hour strike, demanding a large number of people be hired and the requisition of private clinics to meet the ''growing needs'' in the country in areas hit hard by COVID-19. (ANSAmed).

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