Two-day public sector strike in Athens, Thessaloniki followed by demonstrations

Two-day public sector strike in Athens, Thessaloniki followed by demonstrations

 

Review Hari Stefanatos

The civil servants union ADEDY started their 48-hour strike today, protesting for the Troika-imposed dismissals of public sector employees in an attempt to reduce costs in the public sector.

In addition to the strike, demonstrations were organised in Athens and Thessaloniki for Wednesday and Thursday. Rallies in the capital were scheduled to take place in Klafthmonos Square at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. at the same spot, which will be followed by a march towards the Parliament building, were a concert will take place.

The demonstrators in Thessaloniki were scheduled to be gathered at the statue of Eleftherios Venizelos, at 11 a.m.

Doctors and nursing staff at state hospitals will also participate in the strikes, resulting in the hospitals operating on skeleton staff, while the Union of Secondary School Teachers (OLME) will also be taking part in the two-day strike, in addition to the 24-hour strike they have announced for Friday.

At this time demonstrators are starting to disperse from Syntagma Square, where the Parliament building is, with the traffic gradually returning to normal.

Earlier in the day, representatives from the demonstrators requested to enter the building of the ministry of Administrative Reforms, but they were unable to do so, since there was a presence of strong police force that restricted access to the building.

(Source AMNA, ekathimerini)