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Greek ferries tied up in port as seamen hold 48-hour strike over new government cuts

  • A pedestrian passes a docked ferry during a 48-hour strike by Greek seamen in Athens' port of Piraeus, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. The seamen's union called the strike to protest new austerity measures as part of Greece's bailout, growing unemployment and falling pensions in their sector. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    A pedestrian passes a docked ferry during a 48-hour strike by Greek seamen in Athens' port of Piraeus, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. The seamen's union called the strike to protest new austerity measures as part of Greece's bailout, growing unemployment and falling pensions in their sector. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man fishes next to docked ferries during a 48-hour strike by Greek seamen union in Athens' port of Piraeus, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. The seamen's union called the strike to protest new austerity measures as part of Greece's bailout, growing unemployment and falling pensions in their sector. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    A man fishes next to docked ferries during a 48-hour strike by Greek seamen union in Athens' port of Piraeus, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. The seamen's union called the strike to protest new austerity measures as part of Greece's bailout, growing unemployment and falling pensions in their sector. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A worker closes the entrance of a docked ferry during a 48-hour strike by Greek seamen union in Athens' port of Piraeus, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.  The seamen's union called the strike to protest new austerity measures as part of Greece's bailout, growing unemployment and falling pensions in their sector. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    A worker closes the entrance of a docked ferry during a 48-hour strike by Greek seamen union in Athens' port of Piraeus, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. The seamen's union called the strike to protest new austerity measures as part of Greece's bailout, growing unemployment and falling pensions in their sector. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

Greece's ferries have stopped running for 48 hours as seamen walked off the job to protest growing unemployment in their sector, falling income and new austerity measures as part of the country's third bailout.

The two-day strike that started Monday will leave all ferries in the country tied up in port, cutting transport links to the mainland for dozens of inhabited islands that have no airport. The seamen's union described the walkout as a "warning strike" and said it will also join a general strike set for Nov. 12.

Left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' coalition government, re-elected in September, has signed up to a raft of new spending cuts and tax hikes in return for the new 86 billion euro, three-year bailout that will keep the country afloat.