Greek teachers eye strike after talks with government stall

Greek teachers eye strike after talks with government stall

 

Members of the union representing state secondary school teachers (OLME) are to meet again on Friday with Education Minister Constantinos Arvanitopoulos after the minister’s efforts on Thursday to dissuade them from launching strike action later this month, when pupils are to start university entrance examinations, failed to yield a compromise.

Speaking after Thursday’s meeting, OLME president Nikos Papachristos said teachers were “very close to agreeing on a proposal for a 24-hour strike on May 17 and a five-day strike from May 20.” His comments followed a dispute between teachers affiliated with the Communist-backed labor union PAME and with DAKE, the union backed by conservative New Democracy.