Standoff in trash protest continues

The impasse between Athens’s mayor and short-term contract workers continues, following a fruitless meeting today.

Representatives of municipal workers who have been staging a sit-in at City Hall and at the garbage truck depot since Monday met with Mayor Giorgos Kaminis and repeated their demand that they be hired on a permanent basis and that the municipal council scrap its plans to hire new contract workers.

The workers rejected Kaminis’s proposal that the municipality would withdraw its call for new contract workers if the protest ended.

The workers will meet later today to decide on further action.

The mayor says that the law does not allow him to hire the short-term workers whose contracts have expired.

He is in favor of seeing the law changed but argues that the city needs new hirings to ensure that Athens’ garbage collection continues.

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