Socialist Worker

A hot autumn lies ahead in Greece

by Panos Garganas
Issue No. 2007

The struggle against the right wing Greek government’s privatisation plan for education is continuing.

The education minister has said that the government will postpone a vote on the new education bill in parliament after occupations and strikes against its proposals.

The government has announced it wants dialogue, but it is still insisting that it will make changes for the worse. That is why the fight is continuing.

Students have continued to occupy their universities, although these will start to wind down at the end of this week as term ends. Some may continue throughout the summer.

The Greek TUC and the civil service workers’ union struck in Athens and Salonika on Thursday of last week over this issue. The unions joined a demonstration in Athens as a show of solidarity with students.

The delegates from the primary school teachers’ union conference attended the demonstration.

This conference voted for five days of strike action in September over pay and the staffing of schools.

All the student unions around the country have agreed that the next round of action will take place in September when the universities return.

Secondary school teacher unions are also under pressure to join the next wave of struggle, as the education bill affects them too.

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Sat 1 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2007
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