Public sector union announces strike action in support of teachers

The union representing workers in Greece’s public sector, ADEDY, on Monday called a 24-strike for the following day and said it would also stage a work stoppage on Thursday, with the private sector union GSEE.

Protesting public servants will be gathering at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday outside Athens University on Panepistimiou Street to march to Parliament in protest at a government decision to increase by 2 the hours that schoolteachers work every week in a bid to cut down on the cost of substitutes.

The plan has met with strong resistance from teachers, who said that they will strike at the start of nationwide university entrance exams on Friday, prompting the government to issue civil mobilization orders so that the exams are not postponed.

ADEDY also called on civil servants to gather on Monday afternoon, at 7 p.m., at the central Athens offices of OLME, the union representing public schoolteachers, and to march to Parliament. Similar action is also being planned in Thessaloniki, Patra and other major Greek cities.