Door open for education talks

Education Minister Marietta Giannakou told striking teachers yesterday that talks between the two sides can resume again if the educators go back to work, in an attempt to resolve the issue ahead of next week’s elections. «If they go back to school, we can talk about everything,» said Giannakou while addressing Parliament. The call to resume talks comes a day before primary and preschool teachers are scheduled to vote on a proposal that strike action be extended for a fourth week. Secondary school teachers are also expected to vote today on whether they should walk off the job on Monday for 48 hours in support of their colleagues. With municipal elections to be held on October 15, the ruling conservatives are eager to end the tension in the education sector, which may weigh against them.