State workers stage protests over jobs

Culture Ministry employees, hired on work contracts, demonstrated outside the National Archaeological Museum in Athens late on Thursday, demanding permanent employment. Meanwhile, striking guards shut the Acropolis monument to visitors for a second day yesterday in protest at job cuts and delays in pay, their union said. ‘Workers are in despair,’ Spyros Samartzis, general secretary of the federation of contractors, told the government. ‘It is unacceptable that people who work for this important monument are not getting paid.’ Culture Ministry officials said the number of guards was cut because fewer were needed in the winter and the delays in pay were due to bureaucratic problems. Samartzis said the guards would continue to strike if their demands were not met.

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