Museums and archaeological sites are closed on Thursday as Culture Ministry staff went on a 24-hour strike in protest that monuments are to be included in Greece’s privatization fund, the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations S.A..
The privatization fund will be under the control of Greece’s creditors, as agreed in the bailout program signed by the Greek government.
However, the Culture Ministry said on Wednesday that the planned strike would be “pointless” as no ancient monuments are to be included in the HCAP and it is all a matter of misinterpretation.
Nevertheless, the ministry staff insist that reports speaking of the inclusion of cultural monuments in the privatization fund are correct and will walk out of the job on Thursday.
On Tuesday, Deputy Culture Minister Costas Stratis said the planned strike would result in some € 500,000 in lost revenue for the state.