Europe

Greek ferries tied up in port during 24-hour seamen's strike

  • A crew member of a moored ferry stands on the catapult during a seamen 24-hour strike at Piraeus port, near Athens, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. The country's largest civil servants union called a 24-hour strike for Thursday, arguing that mass staff cuts could not continue. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    A crew member of a moored ferry stands on the catapult during a seamen 24-hour strike at Piraeus port, near Athens, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. The country's largest civil servants union called a 24-hour strike for Thursday, arguing that mass staff cuts could not continue. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man walks on a promenade in front of moored ferries during a seamen 24-hour strike at Piraeus port, near Athens, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. The country's largest civil servants union called a 24-hour strike for Thursday, arguing that mass staff cuts could not continue. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    A man walks on a promenade in front of moored ferries during a seamen 24-hour strike at Piraeus port, near Athens, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. The country's largest civil servants union called a 24-hour strike for Thursday, arguing that mass staff cuts could not continue. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A crew member of a moored ferry stands on the catapult during a seamen 24-hour strike at Piraeus port, near Athens, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. The country's largest civil servants union called a 24-hour strike for Thursday, arguing that mass staff cuts could not continue. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    A crew member of a moored ferry stands on the catapult during a seamen 24-hour strike at Piraeus port, near Athens, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. The country's largest civil servants union called a 24-hour strike for Thursday, arguing that mass staff cuts could not continue. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

Greek ferries have suspended their routes to and from the country's islands due to a 24-hour seamen's strike protesting pension cuts and other measures arising from Greece's bailout commitments.

Thursday's walkout by the seamen came as the country's largest civil servants' union staged a 24-hour strike against austerity measures.

Greece has been surviving on rescue loans from three international bailouts since 2010, when rising borrowing costs left it locked out of bond markets. A new round of talks between the left-led government and international creditors has paused, with Greece accusing bailout hardliners of proposing new cuts that would be a "social disaster."

Greece wants to overcome differences with eurozone lenders and the International Monetary Fund by early December to unlock more funds and trigger talks on debt relief.