Members of the secondary education teacher federation, OLME, as part of their demonstration on Thursday, proceeded to occupy the political office of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek Minister of Administrative Reform. They were protesting against the government’s plans for layoffs in their sector. OLME has reacted to the evaluation process and accused the government of degrading the education system.
Mitsotakis asked a five-member committee to visit him in the Ministry. However, they replied that the meeting will be held only if he commits that there will be no dismissals.
According to the government’s policy, 1,261 teachers will be transferred to other posts, 380 will be rehired in new positions, while 204 will be dismissed.
The union of the Greek teachers participated in the 48-hour strike announced by ADEDY, Greece’s largest trade union on Wednesday, March 19 and Thursday March 20. The protesters rallied at Syntagma Square on Thursday at 1pm. Their demonstration was followed by a concert outside Parliament.