Update on the teachers’ strike and civil mobilization – 14 May 2013

“They told me to wear the uniform”
A teacher protests in front of parliament on 13 May in Syntagma square
Picture by @MakisSinodinos

By @IrateGreek 

Greek secondary education teachers, together with various groups who joined them in solidarity, held a demonstration yesterday in front of parliament to protest the government’s decision to issue preemptively a civil mobilization order for 86,000 teachers in order to prevent a possible strike on the first day of the national university entry exams, as proposed by the Federation of Secondary Education Teachers (OLME). The Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court, rejected yesterday a request by OLME for temporary suspension of the civil mobilization order, despite the dubious legality and constitutionality of back-to-work legislation issued before a formal decision to go on strike is officially approved by regional unions.

Teachers are the third professional group, after employees of the Athens metro and sailors, to be hit by a civil mobilization order since the current coalition government was elected to power. Trucking contractors and municipal workers’s strikes were also broken in this way in 2010 and 2011. Of a total of 11 civil mobilization orders issued in Greece since the fall of the Junta, 5 were issued in the framework of bailout austerity policies.

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#rbnews international show 27 April 2013: the Junta and its legacy

This week on #rbnews international, on the occasion of the 46th anniversary last Sunday of the coup d’Etat that brought the Regime of the Colonels to power in Greece in 1967, we discussed the legacy of the Greek Junta with historian Vangelis Karamanolakis from the University of Athens.This show is part of the #rbnews international series on fascism and antifascism in Greece.Special thanks to @JonWiltshire, @mp_anana and @potmos for providing the voiceovers for the show.You can listen to the podcast, as usual, after the jump.

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