Greek Teachers Union Head Faces Firing

OLMEAmong the list of 2,122 teachers who are to be suspended with reduced pay and almost certainly to be fired under a plan ordered by international lenders to cut the Greek workforce is OLME teachers union head Themis Kotsifakis, who has been leading protests against the scheme.

New Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis promised that unqualified workers would be the first to put on a list of 25,000 people in the so-called mobility scheme and paid 75 percent of their already reduced pay and then fired unless another spot can be found for them within eight months.

Kotsifakis said that was just a cover story and that many teachers with advanced degrees would be among those let go as critics said the government would move to protect its favorites and go after perceived enemies and dissidents.

The Ministry also posted a list of teachers exempt from the suspension measure, as well as a list of teachers who are exempt due to working at the Sivitanidio School of Trades and Vocations. Teachers with post-graduate and doctoral degrees are not exempt from the measure.

According to the Minister of Education Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos, 60% of the 2,122 suspended teachers will be transferred to other posts in the healthcare sector, while the other 40% will cover administrative positions in regional education directories and continue to work on an hourly rate, until their last students graduate from the technical schools that are to shut down.

Kotsifakis said that “33% of students at technical schools will not be able to study what they want in the public schools. Nine expensive labs in technical schools will be useless. Private school owners are rejoicing. They will not forget to invite the Minister of Education at the inauguration ceremonies of their new departments. Perhaps they will even declare him an honorary benefactor”.

Kotsifakis, who has been working as a teacher since 1989, was suspended from his job at a state technical college for teenagers in a suburb of Athens.

“Most of the kids at technical colleges are from poorer families. So the consequence of these actions will be that more children will leave school at a young age,” Kotsifakis told the AP while participating in a peaceful protest rally outside the finance ministry.

“All this talk of assessment, merit, and overstaffing was just a cover,” he said. “Today they have suspended teachers, many of whom are highly qualified, with post-graduate degrees. This is not a reform — it’s the demolition of a system and people’s rights.”


  1. 2,122 is about the number of ERT workers our leftists fanatics wanted to save.
    Its unfortunate useless leftist whiners like Che Andy preferred to save useless ERT than teachers.

  2. It’s easy to spout your venom when your job is not on the line and you have a family to support. It’s easy to think of these as simply numbers to balance books. These are real live breathing people with commitments, hopes and dreams. Go spout your hate to those affected to their faces if you have the guts.Then again what do you expect from a faceless corporate cowardly tool like yourself. Own up, tell us who you are you gutless coward.

  3. Did you bother reading the comment or did your eyes zero in on ‘worldarts’? Did you read it you sociopath? Yeah, that’s what they call people who lack any empathy to the suffering of others.

  4. My points stands. COMMUNIST supporting world arts agrees with.

    As for the rest of our gibberish, I do have empathy for others. I’m just not a self-righteous far leftist scumbag that thinks “empathy” is the same thing as empty soapbox speeches.

  5. To fanatics that constantly call for violent revolution, cheer on leftwing terrorism, and support communist Syriza….everything is “far right”!

    Why did you use handle Nazihunter1 worldarts? Back your Paul Johnston PhD handleswapping manipulations?

  6. I don’t give a rat’s ass about Communists. Why does everything have to be about Communists?You have an unhealthy fixation with it. I am talking about a human being who cares for other human beings. I am not talking charity either. I am talking about policies that hurt others who aren’t to blame for the mess. It is not a policy aimed at those who can afford it and who caused it in the first place. If you can’t tell the difference then you really are a sociopath.

  7. You are repeating yourself. Caring is more than self-righteous vague talking about caring. Its about specific actions.

    If you actually cared about Greece, you would care about communism because they pose a very real threat to Greece. You would take actions against communists.

  8. Senseless whining is not a political POV.

    Get back to us when you explain to whom and what you support before lecturing others on their views.

  9. I wish there was an ‘ignore’ function on this forum so I wouldnt have to read this tripe all the times. *sigh*

  10. Ditto for me. I wish we were both talking about the irrational Syriza supporter but unfortunately you’re not.

    One would think if you cared in the least for Greece you’d blast him for manipulatively swapping handles and supporting treasonous communist fanatics.. Instead you waste all you energy trolling me yet again.

  11. You left lazy teacher—-you can go to Havanna and teach the People there..not in greece anymore left scum