Greek teachers demonstrate against forced military mobilisation

This video from Greece says about itself:

Greek Secondary Education Teachers’ union OLME demonstration

May 15, 2013

OLME (Greek Secondary Education Teachers) protest against their forced mobilisation by the government in order not to be able to strike against the new anti-labour law for secondary education teachers.

The Greek government mobilises the teachers under the threat of arresting and firing them before the unions are even able to vote for or against a strike. It defends its decision calling upon public interest, that is, the unobstructed carrying out of the national exams for university entry.

However, it is the same government that brought the new law into parliament just before the national exams in order to prevent teachers from striking against this law.

ON Monday (13-5-2013) OLME organised a massive demonstration and protest in Syntagma Square against the teachers’ mobilisation and today the local teachers’ unions vote on OLME’s proposal for a strike starting from Friday, the day the national exams start. So far most of the local unions have voted for the strike with an overwhelming majority.

This could be a major crisis for the Greek government since it risks a tough clash in case the teachers choose to massively challenge their mobilisation. In such a case the government will find itself in a position where it will be obliged to arrest and fire tens of thousands of teachers in the middle of the national exams. This will of course wreck the exams that the government claims to be protecting and it will paralyse the education system.

There is also a statement from Themis Kotsifakis OLME’s General Secretary.

The confrontation between the Greek government and teachers has intensified. On Monday, thousands demonstrated against the government’s invocation of a mobilization order against teachers—who are thereby placed under military discipline, required to work, and legally banned from striking: here.

Greek teachers have voted to oppose the mobilisation order of the government and begin strike action on Friday: here.

Human rights report slams Greece over extreme-right violence and press freedom: here.

17 thoughts on “Greek teachers demonstrate against forced military mobilisation

  1. Power latest victim of privatisation push

    Wednesday 15 May 2013

    Greece’s government said today that it will break up the state-run Public Power Corporation (PPC) by 2016.

    About a third will be spun off to create a rival company while wholly owned transmission operator Admie will also be sold. The government will end up with only 34 per cent of the company and powers to veto decisions.

    The plan is part of the privatisation programme demanded by the country’s troika of bailout creditors – the EU, IMF and World Bank.

    “There will be no dismissals,” claimed a spokesman, insisting the privatisation had the full backing of the government’s coalition partners.

    PPC employs about 20,000 people.

    There was no immediate reaction from electricity workers’ union Genop-PPC.


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