municipal workers

Mountains of Garbage Grow in Athens as Sanitation Workers Stage Strike

Tons of garbage have been left uncollected in Athens and other major Greek cities as municipal sanitation workers have joined in a series of strikes protesting a development bill currently debated in parliament. POE-OTA, the Panhellenic Federation of Employees in...

Municipal Workers Storm Greek Ministry of Labor

Dozens of members of the POE-OTA union representing municipal workers stormed the Labor Ministry headquarters in central Athens on Monday morning. They demanded a meeting with Minister Effie Achtsioglou after the the death of a 53-year-old driver of a municipal...

Municipal Authorities Across Greeks Spray Trash Mounts to Prevent Contamination

Municipal authorities across Greece have started sending crews to spray the piles of garbage in order to prevent contamination. The trash collectors strike continues for the 10th day with mounts of trash forming in most cities and towns across the...

Greek PM Proposals Fail to Convince Municipal Workers Who Continue Strike

The proposals made on Tuesday by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Interior Minister Panos Skourletis to representatives of the municipal workers union POE-OTA failed to convince and workers decided the strike will continue through Thursday. Coming out of the meeting...

Athens Tourist Spots Surrounded by Garbage Mounts Due to Collectors Strike

The streets of Athens, including major tourist areas, are filled with mounts of garbage as the municipal trash collectors continue their strike that started on Monday. Municipal workers demand the permanent hiring of about 10,000 contract workers whose contracts have...

Greek Municipal Workers Likely to Escalate Strike Beyond Thursday

The municipal workers union POE-OTA are to decide whether to continue their strike, threatening not collect the garbage from city streets beyond Thursday unless their demands are met by the Ministry of the Interior. POE-OTA demands that contract municipal workers...

Municipal Worker Unionists Occupy Greek Ministry of Interior Headquarters

Protesters of the municipal workers union POE-OTA occupied the Ministry of the Interior on Monday, demanding to meet with the minister over the permanent hiring of contract workers. The sit-in did not last for more than an hour as shortly...

Unions Representing Municipal Workers on Short-term Contracts Call for Strikes Following Court's Job Ruling

Tensions are rising as unions who represent municipal workers on short-term contracts are calling for strikes through the country in protest of the court's ruling last week which said that the government legislation which extended temporary contracts is unconstitutional. The...

Greek Government to Permanently Hire Thousands of Contract Municipal Workers

The Greek government is prepared to introduce an amendment that will allow thousands of municipal contract workers to be hired on a permanent basis via the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP), Minister of State Christoforos Vernardakis said...

Concerns Arise With Parliament's Amendment Allowing Rehire of Municipal Contract Workers

An amendment that was just passed in Parliament before the Christmas break might allow tens of thousands of contract workers at municipalities around Greece to be hired in with permanent contracts. The workers were previously in constant fear of getting the...