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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-06-20

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  • [01] More strikes ahead
  • [02] Metro strike off

  • [01] More strikes ahead

    The scene looks set for a long, hot summer, with a new wave of strikes ushering in the second half of June. This includes a 24-hour nationwide strike on June 29 called by the country's two largest umbrella union organisations - GSEE and ADEDY - against planned changes to pension and labour law and an ongoing strike by teachers marking the nationwide university entrance exams.

    After a brief hiatus over the weekend, meanwhile, workers at the Athens Metro decided on Sunday to suspend a 24-hour strike initially planned for Monday, although it has not been clarified whether they will resume rolling work stoppages in protest over the management's refusal to renew the contracts of 286 workers hired before the elections. According to the Public Administration Inspector, their contracts were illegal because they were hired during the pre-election period. Metro workers are additionally demanding that they be exempted from the general public sector pay cuts imposed by the government.

    The strike by examination markers will continue until next Tuesday, based on a decision by the board of the highschool teachers' union OLME. This strike is also held over cuts in pay. The strike has delayed the announcement of results in university entrance examinations, with Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou reporting that one quarter of papers in Attica remained to be marked.

    In a decision on Friday, meanwhile, the plenum of bar association presidents announced that lawyers will abstain from court appearances and other duties from June 23 until July 7.

    [02] Metro strike off

    The Athens Metro will operate normally on Monday, following the AMEL employees' unions' decision to suspend their scheduled 24-hour strike, it was announced on Sunday.
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