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The boat strike has ended after two days after an agreement was reached where the unions accepted a proposal of a pay rise of 2% from January 2018 which means that the extra money from January until September will be paid also. New talks will begin soon for 2019.

On Skopelos the flying dolphin and flying cat leaving in the morning are full and all ferryboats will probably take the all cars and buses that could not travel the past two days.

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Another 24 hour strike, tomorrow the 4th of September, has been announced by the Greek Seamens Federation (NPO) They refused a proposal for an anual 2% payrise. They are asking 5%. Today no boats yet have been sailing to and from Volos, Agios Konstantinos, Mantoudi and Thessaloniki. This is uncommon because usually a boat will leave early in the morning from Alonissos and will be stopped to travel when it is in the port of arrival. This time no boat was allowed to travel and the same will probably happen tomorrow.

Contact your travel agent, boat ticket office for more info. The water taxi to and from Skiathos will work a lot today and tomorrow I presume.
Sources: ekathimerini
odigostopoliti
ert tv

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Strike?

The Panhellenic Seamen’s Union (PNO) has decided to go ahead with a 24 hour boat strike on Monday the 3rd of September at a meeting last Wednesday after rejecting an offer from shipowners for a 1 percent pay increase for crews under a collective bargaining agreement.

The itineraries that are planned to sail on this day can be affected, cancelled or modified.
We never know if boats travel around the Sporades. Many times you have to wait and see. There are several ports (Volos, Agios Konstantinos, Mantoudi, Thessaloniki) that boats leave from and basically the seamen and their union decide which boat leaves and which boat stays in port. So contact your travel agent, tickets office etc. and ask for guidance.

The PNO is asking for a 5 percent wage increase for ferry ship crews, pointing out that there has been no wage increase for eight years, while ferry owners counter that they have not reduced wages for their crews during the crisis, unlike other sectors.

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Transport in Athens

Many people travel through Athens to get here so here is a transport summer schedule for Athens.

https://www.athenstransport.com/2018/07/athens-transport-summer-2018/

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9 July 2018

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Islands that have less than 5000 residents are already subsidized and you can travel for half price but maybe some more islands can start benefiting from this decision.
The article is from https://www.naftemporiki.g

Shades of a looming election season tentatively emerged in Greece over the past few days, with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announcing a transport subsidy for permanent residents and SMEs in 49 islands, hours after saying his government will also suspend the harmonization of VAT rates on five islands bearing the brunt of a refugee/migrant crisis.

Tsipras, a day after agreeing to a request by Berlin that Athens take back third country asylum seekers that first entered the EU via Greece and then clandestinely made their way to Germany, again took to Twitter to announce the measure, in a post that even included a video.

The price tag for the measure – set to begin on July 1, 2018 – totals 60 million euros in 2018, with Greek taxpayers to subsidize eligible island families to the tune of 500 to 1,000 euros per year – assuming the measure is extended in 2019. Physicians serving at state-run health care facilities and teachers will also be eligible for the ferry boat subsidy. For the rest of the article see: transport subsidy

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It happened that I was cycling by when the Super Speed boat from Thessaloniki docked in Skopelos harbor. Impressive !

From today until Sunday the ferryboat Express Skiathos will be replaced by the Parosjet.

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