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Holidaymakers stranded amid strike

16 April 2012 08:31

Air connections meant holidaymakers in Santorini had a lucky escape

Air connections meant holidaymakers in Santorini had a lucky escape

Holidaymakers were left stranded in Greece and Italy amid industrial action from ferry workers.

The Panhellenic Seamen's Federation (PNO) called a 48-hour strike on ferry services to the Greek islands and Italy, leaving thousands stranded and disrupting holidays.

The Easter weekend strike - a time which should have seen services thronging with tourists - was over cuts in the healthcare and pension schemes of federation members.

The PNO also claimed that many of its members had been left unpaid.

The strike will be a warning to people gearing up for summer holidays to take out some travel insurance before departing. People are reminded that they can travel in confidence with cost-effective cover from World First.

The two-day strike affected ferry services connecting the Greek mainland with the dozens of islands around its coastline.

Crete and Santorini were relatively unaffected because of regular airline connections, but other islands around the Aegean and Ionian seas were hit hard.