Greek ferry strike extended into Tuesday

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Greece’s ferries that left thousands of tourists stranded on Monday have decided to extend their strike into Tuesday.

Piraeus Port turned into chaos on Monday as luxury liners struggled to dock and cargo unloading was held up due to the strike. Close to 200,000 people were also affected by the docked ships on Monday.

The supposed 24-hour strike was called demanding a 5 percent pay increase after an eight-year-pay freeze due to the financial crisis. Greek Seamen were subject to an eight-year-pay-freeze under Greece’s international bailout program, which ended last month.

The Greek sailors announced plans to walk off the job for 24 hours on Monday after employers rejected their demand, and agreed to extend the strike for Tuesday.

The Federation of Greek Seamen (PNO union) said in a statement that there would be no ferries operating in the Aegean or Ionian seas. Popular islands such as Mykonos and Santorini has left thousands of tourists stranded on the islands.