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Greek island hopping Easter misery

- by Archimedes

Greek island hopping Easter misery.

Holidaymakers on Greek island hopping trips this Easter face misery as Greek island ferries are hit by a 48-hour strike. The strike will spell misery for many Greek island holiday tourists around Easter, which falls on April 15 in Greece, one week after most of Europe.

Greek ferry seamen say they will go ahead with a 48-hour strike on April 10-11, after peace talks with the government ended in deadlock.

The Greek ferry strike is expected to seriously disrupt travel plans of thousands of Greeks who normally go to the Greek islands for Orthodox Easter celebrations, which falls on April 15 this year.

The Panhellenic Seamen's Union) announced its decision to strike after talks with the Greek government collapsed . The union has rejected repeated appeals from Greek island tourism leaders and traders on the islands of the Aegean and Ionian who had been hoping for a boost in trade over the Easter period.

Greek island ferry companies are also up in arms over the move as island hopping business has dwindled over the past two years as a result of the continuing Greek debt crisis. One ferry company said it has already sold some 7,000 tickets to the islands for the two days of the strike.

The union is protesting at pension cuts and changes to their social security fund. The union also wants the government to sign a Collective Labour Agreement for 2012.

April sees the start of Greek tourism season with many UK holidaymakers on an early Greek island holiday break joining in the many Easter street celebrations that are held on many Greek islands.