NEWS

This Week

Monday Labor Minister Savvas Tsitouridis to meet with representatives of the Federation of Bank Employees’ Unions (OTOE) and employers to resume talks on a collective labor agreement. University professors to begin an open-ended strike over institutional demands while opposing the setting up of private universities. Taxi drivers to stage a 24-hour strike opposing the new highway code. Trolley bus drivers stage a five-hour work stoppage from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to attend their general meeting. Health Ministry to host a conference on «Digital Healthcare,» starting at 9 a.m. at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. Deputy Health Minister Thanassis Yiannopoulos to speak. Tel. 210.422.5585 or log on to www.digitalhealthcare.gr. US Embassy in Athens, including the consular section, the US Consulate General in Thessaloniki and all US government offices in Greece, will be closed today in observance of Memorial Day. Tuesday PASOK leader George Papandreou to chair party’s parliamentary group meeting. The party’s policy for business owners will top the agenda. Wednesday National Health System (ESY) staff around the country to stage a six-hour work stoppage from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., demanding better compensation and classification of their jobs as hazardous. Thursday Labor Minister Savvas Tsitouridis to attend EU labor ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg. Libertas international center of human rights to open a conference on «Democratic Society and Human Rights,» at the Caravel Hotel in Athens. Parliament Speaker Anna Psarouda-Benaki, Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Tourism Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia to speak. To Friday. Acropolis Rally 2006 begins in Athens and ends on Sunday. For details, log on to www.acropolisrally.gr. Friday PASOK holds a two-day congress on «Local Governance,» at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Neo Faliron. Party leader George Papandreou to make the opening speech. To Saturday. European Public Law Center (EPLC) to host a conference on «The Development of Thai Administrative Justice and Thai Administrative Law,» in cooperation with Athens University, at the EPLC premises in Kolonaki. Tel. 210.725.8801 or log on to www.eplc.gr. Interdisciplinary Society of Food Hygiene Assurance holds a congress on «Scientific Cooperation for the Assurance of Hygiene and Safety of Food and Beverages – Public Health,» at the Helexpo fairgrounds in Thessaloniki. To Saturday. Tel. 2310.430511 or log on to www.dedyt.gr.