Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Thousands of teachers protest against mobilisation order

Civil servant union calls for 24hr strike on Tuesday in support of teachers

Thousands of secondary school teachers gathered in Syntagma Square on Monday evening to protest against what they labelled the dictatorial measure of the government in issuing a civil mobilisation order forbidding them from striking during upcoming university entrance exams

More than 2,000 teachers - some dressed in army fatigues and posing in front of a mock tank implying that the government had acted in a dictatorial fashion in imposing the civil mobilisation order banning them from a planned strike -
and left-wing unionists held peaceful protests in central Athens on Monday evening.
The protest came after civil servants' federation Adedy called a 24-hour strike for Tuesday in reaction to the government's decision to use emergency powers to prevent protesting secondary-school teachers from disrupting university entrance exams this month.
A civil mobilisation order received by a teacher in Corinth on Monday A civil mobilisation order received by a teacher in Corinth on Monday Some 86,000 civil mobilisation orders - such as that hand-delivered by a police officer to a teacher in Corinth (below) - were due to be issued to secondary schoolteachers on Monday, after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras signed the relevant documents on Saturday.
Tuesday's nationwide strike is expected to close schools and disrupt public services.
Adedy officials also told the AP on Monday that the union was also planning a work stoppage Thursday and a series of public protests. 

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