Attica’s municipal contract workers go on strike

Municipal contract workers in Attica are staging a 24-hour strike to protest the government?s refusal to make their employment deals permanent.

Wednesday?s strike comes after a protest on Tuesday that led to clashes with police who prevented demonstrators from reaching the Interior Ministry. Tear gas was fired and some workers were injured.

The association of local authority workers POE-OTE said that its members were victims of an ?unprovoked attack? and that Wednesday?s strike was being partly to protest the treatment that the demonstrators received.

Representatives of the contract workers met with Interior Minister Yiannis Ragousis on Tuesday but the government official made it clear that there was no way that the law would be changed to allow employees on short-term deals to have their agreements renewed or made permanent.

City of Athens workers have been occupying City Hall for more than a week in protest at the non-renewal of their deals.

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