NO PAY BLUES: Hundreds of sailors, mechanics, stewards and others who work on Greek ferries have been going unpaid for months at a time, according to seamen's unions. And their patience is wearing thin.
THE PROBLEM: Like every other sector in Greece, shipping has been hit hard by the country's financial crisis. For ferry crews, there's an added twist. Often hundreds of miles away from home and with nowhere else to go, most end up living on the ferries until they can get paid, their families surviving on money borrowed from friends and relatives.
THE BACKDROP: Ferries are the lifeblood of Greece. Many of the nation's more than 100 inhabited islands depend on ferries for supplies of everything from food and medicine to fuel and machinery spare parts, as well as to get agricultural products to urban markets.
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