The Greek government is set to issue civil mobilization orders to secondary school teachers who have called a strike which will disrupt university entrance exams. Teachers that refuse to work face arrest.
Ekathimerini reported the civil mobilization orders will be issued to members of the teachers’ union OLME to force them to work on May 17, the first day of planned strike action.
Education Minister Constantinos Arvanitopoulos said the government wanted to protect pupils and assured them that the examinations would go ahead.
The Greek Federation of Secondary Education State School Teachers, OLME, voted on Friday in favour of strike action to protest new austerity measures which add an additional two hours to their working week, despite pay cuts. AP reported the new working conditions to be imposed on teachers also include the involuntary transfer of staff. Rolling strikes are due to commence on May 17, coinciding with examinations which run between May 17 and May 31.
According to KTG this is the first time in which civil mobilization orders have been issued prior to the commencement of strike action. Pupils are due to return to school on May 13 following the Easter break. Schools break up again for the 13 week summer break in mid June.