ECONOMY

Unionists call for stop to dismissals

PAME, the trade union branch of the Communist Party of Greece, occupied a Development Ministry building in central Athens yesterday to protest job cuts. PAME hung a banner reading ‘SACKINGS’ across the top of the building in Kaningos Square before marching to Omonia Square. Meanwhile, aluminum producer Alumil said yesterday it was reducing the working day for its employees from eight to six-and-a-half hours from the start of the week due to a reduction in orders at its Kilkis plant in northern Greece. The shortened work day will be applicable for the next six months. Unionists described the step as ‘unacceptable,’ arguing that business leaders are using the crisis as an excuse to abolish workers’ rights.