Sanitary Workers’ Strike Continues; More Rallies and Nationwide Strikes Announced

Following a meeting with Greece’s Interior Minister Panos Skourletis on Saturday with POE-OTA, the local authority union confederation, the leadership of POE-OTA said that the strike will continue at least until Thursday.

POE-OTA has said that the draft legislation on municipality contract workers which Skourletis presented was “very far” from their own demands – namely that the current fixed-term, temporary contracts be converted to permanent jobs.

Garbage has continued to pile up in scorching temperatures well into the 90’s accompanied with high humidity. The only places that garbage is being picked up is in sensitive areas, such as outside of hospitals, where a serious health risk is posed if the waste is left unattended.

Along with the strike, rallies have been announced for Monday which will take place around the country in the capital of the nation’s prefectures.

At 11:30 am on Monday a march will begin outside of the POE-OTA offices at Karaiskaki Square in Metaxourgeio and continue to the Parliament and the Ministry of Administrative Reconstruction.

Also on Thursday POE-OTA has announced that they will be having a 24-hour nationwide strike as well as protest in Athens starting outside of its offices at 10:30 am where they will then march to the Parliament and Maximos Mansion.