5 thoughts on “Greek workers’ general strike

  1. Civil servants protest in Athens

    On August 2, civil servants in Athens, Greece, protested at the gates of the Acropolis against government plans to involuntarily move 500 workers at the culture ministry into a national Labour Mobility scheme.

    The workers are part of 25,000 public sector workers who are to be moved into the scheme by the end of 2013. According to estimates, about one third of these will be eventually fired.

    The employees protesting at the Acropolis did not block its entrance. The workers protested next to a mock cut of a temple with “For Sale” signs attached to it. Action by workers at other museums around the country, including the archaeological museum on the island of Santorini, resulted in their closure.

    Associated Press/Enet reported the comments of Despina Koutsoumba, head of the Association of Greek Archaeologists (SEA). He said, “As things stand, we don’t have enough people to function properly. We have to cover 19,000 archaeological sites and 210 museums nationwide, as well as several hundred archaeological excavations in progress all over the country.

    “We have 6,600 staff at the ministry of culture and sport, and they will dismiss 500. But they will just have to hire that number back again—of course, on part-time contracts and for less money.”

    The same day, civil servants in Athens continued a second day of strikes, holding a rally in the capital.



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