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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-11-20

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Unicef award for 17-year-old's mechanical glove invention
  • [02] IKEA employees in Greece to strike on Thur. over pay cuts

  • [01] Unicef award for 17-year-old's mechanical glove invention

    AMNA / A 17-year-old high school senior picked up a Unicef award in Athens this week for his ground-breaking invention: a state-of-the-art mechanical glove for people with disabilities.

    Haris Ioannou said he came up with the idea of a metallic glove two years ago when he first noticed his grandmother having difficulty with her hands, "at times she couldn't even grab the television remote", Ioannou said during an awards ceremony at an Athens book store.

    The form-fitting device is made out of metal and weighs just 350 grams. It includes pressure sensors that detect when the person wearing it makes a specific hand movement. A processor inside the glove then activates a mechanically induced movement using programmed algorithms. According to the device's teenage inventor, the glove can added up to 17 kilos worth of power to every joint of the hand.amna

    [02] IKEA employees in Greece to strike on Thur. over pay cuts

    AMNA / Employees at the IKEA outlets co-owned by the Fourlis Group in Greece have announced a four-hour work stoppage on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in protest against pay cuts being imposed by the firm's management.

    On Tuesday afternoon, groups of protesting staff formed a picket line outside the entrance of the IKEA store on Kifissos boulevard, but did not prevent customers from entering.

    A few days ago, management asked the staff to sign new individual work contracts, envisioning pay cuts ranging from 8-11 percent.

    In an announcement, the Federation of Private Employees expressed its support for the "struggle of the IKEA workers' union and the workers, who refuse to sign amended, individual contracts". The federation also pointed out that the pay cuts are not justified given that IKEA stores have not only continued to show steady and significant profit throughout the economic crisis but are actually increasing sales and market share.

    In addition to the IKEA branch on Kifissos, an industrial action has been announced at the IKEA outlet in a southeast Athens mall and the iconic IKEA outlet near the Athens Airport at Spata.amna


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