In Piraeus, the harbour town west of Athens, a group of sailors take turns to squat a ferry they once worked on. Protest banners flutter in the air. "Our money!" says one; "we're starving" says another. These sailors say they haven't been paid salaries for more than nine months and they don't want to let the ferry company sell the vessel for scrap. "There are several hundred like us," says a 40-year-old sailor, preparing his shower on the ferry from water can. "Too many haven't been able to find other jobs."