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Greek University Employees Announce Yet Another Strike

universitiesThe administrative employees of the University of Athens suggested a new three-day strike on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, to their federation. The employees will hold an Assembly on Tuesday the 26th of November in order to address the five points of the Greek Ministry of Education’s proposal for administrative restructure of the universities.
The General Assembly that was scheduled for Monday was canceled after the government’s appeal to court, with the request to declare the 48-hour strike by the staff, on Monday and Tuesday, illegal and abusive.
A general assembly will be held on Tuesday by NTUA administrative employees during which they will further define their stand in regards to their protests.
It is extremely likely to tilt the balance in favor of continuing the strike, especially given the position of the NTUA Senate that the Faculty is in a situation of inoperability due to suspensions.
Meanwhile the Greek Minister of Education, Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos, stated the Academic Mobility process will begin shortly in order to reposition 650 out of the 1,165 administrative employees who were suspended on the condition that the Universities will finally be opened. He made it known that within the next few days the special three member council will consider all appeals submitted to remedy any injustices that resulted from incorrect data declarations by employees during their census.
NTUA professor Giannis Kalogirou, spoke of huge losses for the research programs of the university, should it remain closed, in an interview for the Greek radio station Athens 98.4. He added that there will be problems on both economic and academic levels, seeing as the Technical University of Athens participates and coordinates many competitive European research programs.

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