Fear of Greek Universities Closing Again as Staff Strike



universitiesAdministrative staff at Greek universities started a 48-hour strike Tuesday, in protest at the lay-offs of their peers at the Athens University of Economics and Business and at the University of Ioannina.

According to the protesters, the employees that were laid-off had not previously been part of the state’s ‘mobility’ program, which provides direct integration of “a limited number of staff with specific skills in order to move them to services where there is urgent need for staff to better serve citizens.”

The universities’ administrative staff are seeking the immediate implementation of this program for their colleagues. Furthermore, they seek to stop the new evaluation system for all public sector employees. University employees think that this is a way for the Greek Education Ministry to create a huge pool of redundant employees.”

Protests will take place in the center of Athens Tuesday and Wednesday, while administrative employees say that if their demands are not granted, they will bring the universities to a standstill