Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Don't call it slavery

Call it "Austerity Services":

(AP) — In rain and shrieking wind, the ferry strains at its ropes, the gangplank creaking and scraping against the pier. A sailor on night watch duty huddles over a portable heater at the entrance to the cavernous hull.

For seven months, often under harsh winter conditions, Giorgos Polilogidis has waited for one thing: a paycheck.

A seasoned veteran of the seas, Polilogidis is among hundreds of sailors, mechanics, stewards and others who work on Greek ferries and, according to seamen's unions, have been going unpaid for months at a time.


Athenawise said...

I lived in Greece. Those ferries are the lifeblood of the country and should be considered an essential industry. Inhabited islands depend on the boats for everything.

All hail austerity.

pansypoo said...