Greek Universities Continue Striking

universitiesThe administrative staff of eight Greek Universities in its fifth week of striking. They are protesting against the government’s decision to cut jobs as part of its bailout commitments.

The unrest in the academic world is due to the implementation of the controversial mobility scheme, which will affect more than 1,300 administrative staff members in tertiary institutions by temporarily losing their jobs before possible relocation or dismissal.

Eight universities- Athens University, the National Technical University of Athens, the Athens University of Economics and Business, Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University and the universities of Patras, Thessaly, Crete and Ioannina- have stopped operating since the beginning of September. Cutting administrative staff will increase the ratio of teachers-to-students.
Universities demand from the government to revoke the new law. The meeting of administrative staff with the Education Minister Constantinos Arvanitopoulos was inconclusive.


  1. Enough with the selfish strikes already. Everyone knows our government doesn’t have money. Some Greeks need to grow up and realize government isn’t their mommy’s allowance. Stop all the whining, strikes and riots already. Show some dignity. Create something of value yourself rather than just perpetually expecting to mooch off the government. (aka other people)

  2. It has to be so frustrating for students to basically lose a semester because of the strikes.