Greek government contemplates tough action against striking university staff

Further tension built up over university action in Greece on Monday. Higher education administrative employees have been on strike for eleven weeks protesting a government decision to include administrative staff in the public sector mobility scheme that will see many of them transferred or fired.

Employees at the University of Athens (UoA) and the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) continue rolling 48-hour strikes Tuesday.

The situation is extremely tense at both institutions as students stand to miss their semester final exams. Things took a turn for the worse Monday night as the Athens University senate members resigned in protest of a police plan for forces to enter the University premises in the next few days to ensure professors could start lesson – as they had planned – despite the deadlock.

The government is contemplating issuing civil mobilisation orders that will see employees forced back to their duties as it has done in the past with other instances of industrial action.

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(Greek parliament building in Athens. Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)