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Greek Government Threatens Striking Seamen With Arrests Unless They Resume Work

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Over the weekend we reported on the second Greek strike of the year, the first being that of subway workers which ended prematurely into its ninth day when the government threatened to arrest all strikers who had snarled traffic in Athens to a halt, this time involving Greek seamen who had left the Greek isles in geographic isolation for a week. Earlier today, the strike which had gone on for a week, was voted to be extended another 48 hours which mean ships would remain tied up in port until early Friday, while the seamen's union will meet anew to debate whether to further extend their walkout. Needless to say, the union is angry at pay arrears and government austerity policies. As of moments ago the union will be even angrier, as the government just announced it would order civil mobilization - or said otherwise, deploy the arrest threats - once again as a repeat desperate measure to halt this latest strike.

From Bloomberg:

  • Greece’s government ordered civil mobilization to end 6 day strike, according to e-mailed statement from Shipping Ministry today.
  • Prime Minister Antonis Samaras authorized Shipping Minister Konstantinos Mousouroulis to take emergency action to get crews back to work, ministry says

So just as Argentina "proved" it was in charge of the economy when it prohibited price hikes, so Greece is gingerly following suit in the same footsteps, by making it clear it will not tolerate dissent. Until, as in Argentina, the reaction to this latest bout of enforced central planning bubbles over and the people realize they have had enough. The only question then is whether the riot police and army will be, miraculously, too busy striking to protect the government. As other people's money in Greece runs out one more time, and is simply stolen by the government, we will certainly find out by the summer.

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Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:02 | 3216383 Neethgie
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its always a nightmare when your seamen aren't working

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:04 | 3216392 camaro68ss
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Back to work slaves

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:07 | 3216407 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Greek government: we're not swallowing seamen striking.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:17 | 3216449 Rubicon
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Time for a military coup

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:19 | 3216458 bania
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Come on seamen, show some motility!

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:25 | 3216477 Joe Davola
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Too many years of tighty whiteys.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:33 | 3216508 BlueCollaredOne
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Back when I was younger I used to be a seamen, now I just put it all over my girlfriend's ass

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 13:22 | 3216721 1C3-N1N3
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I used to play bass guitar for "The Striking Seamen."

We toured with these other dudes who called themselves "Gimme Back-ma Drachma."

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 13:58 | 3216861 CPL
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"Billy you ever been blown ashore?"  "No but I've been blown at sea."

Now let me put my string of pearls in yer booty!  Yarrr!

Pirate jokes...pirate jokes everywhere.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 14:45 | 3217030 Manthong
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You can have problems if you do not control your seamen.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 17:19 | 3217642 Enslavethechild...
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It's very upsetting to us when you slaves think for yourselves.

Please try to understand our predicament.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 19:15 | 3218074 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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How do you seperate the men from the boys in the Greek Navy?

With a crowbar.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:18 | 3216453 kliguy38
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Its the only semen the Government hasn't swallowed

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:20 | 3216459 madcows
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Barney Frank has that covered


Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:26 | 3216482 pupton
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Mmmm, Barney Frank covered in seamen...mmmmmmmmmm

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 02:17 | 3219146 Colonel Klink
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I just threw up!  Gross thought.

I'm sure there's a townhouse in DC just for that.  His!

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:31 | 3216502 booboo
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I have had enough with all the anti seamantic talk:)

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 13:29 | 3216750 xtop23
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Exactly. It's only slavery during times of economic boom. When every sovereign is searching for growth and chasing after financial salvation, it's your duty. 

Get used to it. These parasites aren't going to give up the reins easily.

Besides, the mothers of the political class in Greece have overseas numbered accounts that need some lovin'. Eat your peas.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:23 | 3216469 pupton
Tue, 02/05/2013 - 14:10 | 3216896 msmith9962
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They're gonna get blue balls if they don't get to work soon. 

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:34 | 3216515 goldenbuddha454
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I know what you're saying, but there are solutions to that problem.  Me and my wife tried viagra and cialis in combination and its just worked wonders!

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 13:09 | 3216665 soopy
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Actually that would probably save a lot of people some trouble.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 13:51 | 3216839 Clayton Bigsby
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You come to arrest my seamen, you better pack a lunch, goddammit, cuz you're gonna have a long day...

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 14:01 | 3216870 rotagen
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Not surprising, the greeks are known for their naughty seamen.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:04 | 3216384 LawsofPhysics
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Time to simply sail away guys...


More price controls, I am shocked I tell you...

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:06 | 3216387 Dr. Engali
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My seamen have been striking for years. It's going to take more than threatening to make them get back to work.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:11 | 3216424 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Come, seamen, all hands on deck.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:04 | 3216390 ZippyBananaPants
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My semen has snarled some hair, but never traffic.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:04 | 3216391 ebworthen
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So how is "work or you go to jail" different than having slaves on your plantation you force to work?

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:08 | 3216411 LawsofPhysics
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It isn't.  Why people can't see the forest through the trees is beyond me.  

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 17:12 | 3217612 Stuntgirl
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Wait. Is that what is going on here? A strike is realistically composed of 3 parts:

-Not going to work.


-Preventing strikebreaker workers' access to the workplace.

It is very unlikely that the striking workers are being fetched and made to work, or face jail.

It is very likely that striking workers are picketing and harassing strikebreakers, and that is what the reaction is against.

What do you think is the case?

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:08 | 3216412 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Greek jails overflowing after swallowing seamen.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:24 | 3216473 Inthemix96
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Glof-Clap stooge,

Very fucking good that one......


Tue, 02/05/2013 - 13:03 | 3216637 chdwlch1
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Nice one....and FUCK YOU BUKKAKE!

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:29 | 3216495 fuu
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If they're in jail how can they go back to work?

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:40 | 3216540 Meat Hammer
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Bravo!  Just like how can you get someone to pay their taxes when you put them in jail for not paying taxes and then use tax money to take care of the person who is in jail for costing the government money from not paying taxes?

*Bangs head on wall*

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 14:02 | 3216873 _ConanTheLibert...
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Nice one! Hadn't crossed my mind yet.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 19:36 | 3218143 smiler03
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Debtors' prisons - alive and well in the United States




(for some reason the link only works if cut and pasted in its entirety.)

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:05 | 3216394 Mad Mohel
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Beat those semen into submission.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:08 | 3216408 lakecity55
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Wow, no sex in Greece.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:10 | 3216416 PUD
Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:22 | 3216466 ihedgemyhedges
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I hear the request for delay will equal 3 years, 8 months and then the whole turd can be flushed.............

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:24 | 3216476 Everybodys All ...
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I was hopeful we could (impeach) get rid of Obama before then.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:16 | 3216421 HoaX
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The Greek have been doing little else than strike for the past three years.

I have yet to see the first country that has managed to strike itself to prosperity. Those subway workers were striking because they risked being cut in wage to something like 2k Euro per month. The average wage in Portugal is well below 500 Euros, 2k is def upperclass over there. So if they don´t want their pay, just bloody quit, no one if forcing them to keep their job (which would be the slavery some above seem to point at). For them 20 others who would love to actually do their job for a wage like that instead of sitting on their fat asses and paralyzing all public transport, screwing those that do have work to go to. But no, they´re all organized in Unions that run all the way up to the top of the Policital system. So no offense, but fuck em in this respect.

Do those guys have no pride in their country? They should get to fucking work instead of behaving like spoiled babies only wanting free handouts from the rest of Europe and the IMF without giving up anything in return.

Clientelism, corruption, fascism. The Greek way.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:36 | 3216523 writingsonthewall
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Do those guys have no pride in their country? They should get to fucking work instead of behaving like spoiled babies

You selfish retard - do you work for free then? Typical asshole - demands others work for the love of their country while he presides over a fat salary (the inequality of which is why people cannot be paid for work)

Are you like other 'capitalist' - who forget that employment is an AGREEMENT between worker and employer - and no coerscion of force is allowed?

Funny how those who align themselves with the free market - quickly ignore it's principles when it suits them.

If you're that pissed - take a fucking flight to Greece and volunteer as a seaman - I will laugh as your puny weak arms can't even pull in the anchor!

People like you will eventually be run from the holes you reside in - a new world order is coming - and guess what - your 'worth' will be dictated by your productive ability - and not by how much gambling you do on the stock market.



Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:43 | 3216553 HoaX
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You demonstrate quite aptly pretty much ALL that is wrong with your country. Fuckin marxist.

I told you about the salaries in Portugal, nurses make 4 euros per hour. Do you see them crying here?

Let me guess, you´re on strike as well? Get to work you fuck.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 13:02 | 3216626 Popo
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While I will offer no support for the lazy classes of Greece -- from government lazycrat to unionized office drone -- the right to strike is always there.   My personal opinion in most strikes, is that the strikers should be instantly fired.  But arrested?  No.  The technical term for that scenario is "Slavery", and that ain't cool.

No one has to work.  But no one who strikes deserves a guarantee to keep their job either.   

Greece should fire the workers immediately and allow shit to go from bad to worse.   Capitalism will eventually lead to some group of people being willing to work for some sum of money.   And that arrangement will happen without government meddling.



Tue, 02/05/2013 - 13:09 | 3216656 HoaX
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Listen popo, I might be a bit of a blunt fuck. And of course, I agree wages should be paid, that´s not the point though. The Greek have been striking their country into oblivion for the past years.

What the problem with these guys is though, that with their strike they basically hold all Greek Islands at ransom, who are depending on basic necessities like food to arrive with the very boats now chained up in Greek harbors.

In Portugal a lot of firemen have not been paid since November either, but they do realize they have to keep working or peoples houses will burn down. There are other ways to sort this stuff without highjacking the lives of people who have nothing to do with the mess.

Of course they shouldn´t be arrested, nowhere in my post I said they should. I do think they should all be fired, let others that do want a proper job pick it up. And fuck Greek Unions yeah.



Tue, 02/05/2013 - 13:48 | 3216773 HoaX
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Here is the report from the Guardian regarding the situation:

First it was striking metro workers, now it is seamen. Once again, amid fears of the Greek economy being devastated by their action, the ruling coalition has made use of mobilization orders that until recently had been a measure of last resort.

With the Panhellenic Union of Seamen announcing yet more strike action earlier today – grounding ships in docks for another 48 hours - the Greek government has hit back, saying as of 6 AM Wednesday protestors will be issued with mobilization papers that will give them little choice but to return to work or be fired.

Addressing reporters, Kostas Mousouroulis, the merchant marine minister, said: “The government has made every possible effort to satisfy the demands of seamen. We exhausted dialogue and came up with specific solutions.”

Clearly exasperated he added: “As the decision of the Panhellenic Seamens’ orgnanisation has shown, [a decision] that was reached by a marginal majority, petty political aims sadly leave no space for dialogue.”

The rolling strikes have meant that Greece’s islands have been cut off from the mainland for the past six days. The prospect of ferry links and transport boats being disrupted until Friday had been described as potentially devastating for an economy utterly dependent on bailout loans from the EU and IMF. 

Helena adds:

Island trade had been severely hit by the walk-out with local businesses, already badly affected by the financial crisis, saying they faced ruin.

Seamen are up in arms over austerity measures – the price of international rescue loans – and pay arrears.

Dockworkers, who had also joined the action, are similarly demanding back pay and restitution of collective work agreements that the government has been forced to abolish under pressure from international lenders.

It remains to be seen how seamen - and the anti-bailout parties supporting them - will react to the government order.


I made some parts bold, and besides the backpay issue (for Dockworkers), my point still stands. There is also no talk of arrests, the mobilization order has to do with firing them if they dont comply, the title above the article here on ZH seems to be misleading to say the least. It would be another matter if they kept blocking ports afterwards.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 13:56 | 3216853 fuu
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"Seamen are up in arms over austerity measures – the price of international rescue loans – and pay arrears.

Dockworkers, who had also joined the action, are similarly demanding back pay and restitution of collective work agreements that the government has been forced to abolish under pressure from international lenders."

International loans > collective work agreements

Maybe after the banksters get paid the workers will.

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