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HS Teachers Walk Alone on Strike

Elementary school teachers support the protests, as they decided to go on a 48-hour strike on September 18 and 19. The decision was taken after a marathon meeting held by the local teachers’ unions with the Greek Federation of...

Parliament Backs High School Reforms

The Greek Parliament, controlled by the ruling coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' New Democracy Conservatives and his partner, the PASOK Socialists, approved a bill that would let the administration proceed to overhaul high schools and transfer, suspend...

Greek Teachers Strike Fizzling Out

After making a lot of noise that they wouldn't stand for being transferred involuntarily or fired and would strike in protest, Greek teachers are rapidly retreating with fewer than 20 percent turning out for meetings of their union OLME...

Teachers Plan Strike, Suit Against Transfers

With the beginning of the Greek school year looming, the teachers federation OLME said may strike to protest the transfer and firing of its members, and would ask the courts to intervene to stop a scheme being carried out...

Minister of Education and OLME Talks Break Down

A normal opening of the new school year is at risk, after the fruitless meeting of the Minister of Education, Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos, with the board of the teachers' union OLME, which was held on August 22 at the ministry,...

Teachers Mull Indefinite Strike Plan

Greek school teachers, enraged over a so-called mobility scheme that will thousands of them transferred while being paid lower wages and with many likely to be fired, are planning to conduct an indefinite strike that could begin by refusing...

Greek Teachers Union Head Faces Firing

Among the list of 2,122 teachers who are to be suspended with reduced pay and almost certainly to be fired under a plan ordered by international lenders to cut the Greek workforce is OLME teachers union head Themis Kotsifakis,...

Greece Puts 2,000 Teachers On Firing Line

Moving quickly to follow the orders of international lenders to cut the public workforce, Greece has put 2,000 teachers in the so-called mobility scheme in which they will be involuntarily transferred or paid 75 percent of their already-reduced salary...

Police Tear-gas Protesting Teachers

Within an atmosphere of tension teachers continue protesting outside the Ministry of Education. Teachers strongly protesting the mobility scheme invaded the courtyard of the ministry building in Maroussi, and the police who arrived on the scene started making use of...

Elementary and Preschools To Close

According to a decision recently issued by the Ministry of Education, the new academic year will find Greece’s school map largely shrunken. A lot of elementary and preschools around Greece will close, merge or be degraded. According to the decision,...