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  1. Greek teachers and school workers demonstrate against planned job losses

    Greek teachers, cleaning staff and school wardens clashed with riot police on Feb 28, when they demonstrated outside the Ministry of Administrative Reform in Athens. When demonstrators attempted to enter the building, police used tear gas to disperse them. Seventeen were arrested—16 teachers and one warden. Among those detained was Themis Kotsifakis, president of the teachers’ union OLME.

    The demonstration was called in opposition to the government’s “labour mobility” programme. Under the programme, the government planned to suspend the jobs of 25,000 public-sector workers by the end of 2013 and to fire 15,000 by the end of 2014 as part of its austerity plans.

    Greek port workers strike against privatisation

    Greek dockers held a 24-hour strike February 26 in opposition to proposals to sell off a share in the Piraeus Port Authority to private investors. Piraeus is Greece’s largest port.

    The strike coincided with a discussion held in parliament on the privatisation of the port. The privatisation of state assets is part of the austerity programme being forced on Greece by the European Union-led “troika”.


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