Public Sector Employees Call 24-Hour Strike for Thursday



    ADEDY union members demonstrating (file photo)

    Greece’s largest public-sector union organization (ADEDY), which represents employees working for the country’s public sector, has called for a 24-hour nationwide strike on Thursday, January 17.

    ADEDY demands the revocation of the new system for teachers‘ appointments, contained in a bill currently brought up in parliament for discussion.

    In a statement released on Tuesday, ADEDY noted that its decision was based on teacher unions’ decisions and on the high turnout of teachers in the January 11 and January 14 strikes and rallies held across Greece.

    ADEDY also called on all Greek civil servants to join a rally scheduled for 11:00 AM local time (13:00 GMT) on Thursday in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens.

    The bill brought by the government includes provisions that do not take into account teachers’ previous work experience in the new system of making teaching appointments. It is feared that teachers will not get credit for work experience they already have.

    The bill has met massive opposition from thousands of substitute teachers who already have been working for some time and will not get credit for their experience.

    With information from A.M.N.A.