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    Looks like setting pattern for future . Water taxis are an expensive alternative . Alas what should a poor yottie do ?

    Buy a wet suit and swim to Piraeus or KOS or change plan and stay in Turkey?

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    Indeed, shooting oneself in the foot doesn't begin to describe it. The ferry workers union is opposed to the seamen's health insurance fund being incorporated into the new national health service fund. It's symptomatic of the Greek problem that everybody wants and expects "special treatment". See Athens News online here: http://www.athensnews.gr/portal/1/54749.

    And just to illustrate the "special treatment" aspect of Greek life, the political parties have just awarded themselves 29 million Euros in funding to enable them to fight the upcoming general election even though no date has been set for it yet. See Athens News online here: http://www.athensnews.gr/portal/1/54799

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    How wide spread is this strike? We will be taking the ferry from Corfu to mainland at the end of the month

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    Quote Originally Posted by jordanbasset View Post
    How wide spread is this strike? We will be taking the ferry from Corfu to mainland at the end of the month
    Normally (at least that's what the union says) they are on strike only today and tomorrow (10-11 of April).

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    Quote Originally Posted by catmandoo View Post
    Looks like setting pattern for future . Water taxis are an expensive alternative . Alas what should a poor yottie do ?

    Buy a wet suit and swim to Piraeus or KOS or change plan and stay in Turkey?
    The past one day ferry strikes mostly seem to be on Wednesdays, so it may be prudent not to use this as a travel day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpygit View Post
    The past one day ferry strikes mostly seem to be on Wednesdays, so it may be prudent not to use this as a travel day.

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    Almost all strikes in Greece are on a Wednesday. That is good advice never to travel to or in Greece on a Wednesday. Weekends are best and Monday's and Friday's are usually ok too. I would expect many more strikes from all sectors in Greece as the summer continues. The EU/ECB/IMF are demanding much more austerity from the Greek government and the unions especially (and the political left in general) are very opposed to any more pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by little_roundtop View Post
    Almost all strikes in Greece are on a Wednesday. That is good advice never to travel to or in Greece on a Wednesday. Weekends are best and Monday's and Friday's are usually ok too. I would expect many more strikes from all sectors in Greece as the summer continues. The EU/ECB/IMF are demanding much more austerity from the Greek government and the unions especially (and the political left in general) are very opposed to any more pain.
    Have the buses got a reputation for striking? We will be using Athens to Levkada service on 11th May.
    It is such a shame - apparently Hotel bookings in Zachinthos are down 50%, Corfu 30% - a big pull out by Germans apparently - what a surprise......

    Shooting and foot springs to mind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Robb View Post
    Have the buses got a reputation for striking? We will be using Athens to Levkada service on 11th May.
    Not as much as other groups but there is no guarantee that they won't. 11th May is a Friday though and Fridays are generally strike-free.

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