PAME unionists occupy Labor Minister’s office [Update]

Tension rose at the Ministry of Labor on Wednesday morning when a group of about 30 Communist-affiliated PAME unionists occupied the office of Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis.

The protesters subsequently clashed with riot police forces who used tear gas to remove them. One PAME unionist was reportedly injured, while the police proceeded to make about 40 arrests.

The PAME members were protesting comments made by the minister on Tuesday regarding clientelism in the social security sector.