Appeal by Greece’s ERT employees against closure goes to court

The Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court, on Friday began hearing an appeal by ERT employees against a June decision to shut down the public broadcaster.

Lawyers representing the ERT workers’ union (POSPERT) argued that the government broke the law on mass dismissals with its decision and that the broadcaster could have been reformed while remaining on air.

Government lawyers argued that the law on mass sackings could not have been broken because the staff’s employer, ERT, ceased to exist.