ATHENS, Greece – 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.