The leader of the left wing SYRIZA opposition party, Alexis Tsipras is calling on students in Greek schools to support their teachers, when they come out on strike - probably on the 18th and 19th September. The government and media are spinning stories about teachers not being able to afford to strike, however Tsipra that the struggle against the latest round of cuts in education could "spark a major wave of resistance." 

School students have a history of fighting the cuts and austerity measures. they have demonstrated, occupied schools and thrown CDs at the parliament building, which they had been given because there were no textbooks.

A press release from the secondary schoolteachers union OLME is pasted below, which sets out in detail that the fight is not only about cuts, but also against other global neo-liberal policies such as privatisation and the introduction what it calls a "harsh, examination-centred system".

Last time Greek teachers went on strike they were under fascist era laws and forced back to work. Please send messages of solidarity to:  or 

Greek teachers’ strikes as of September 16th 2013.

OLME is launching five–days rolling strike as of September 16th following the decision of the teachers’ general assemblies. At the end of each 5 days strike the teachers’ general assemblies will take stock of the situation and then decide on the course of the strike action.

The situation in public schools is dramatic:

  • There are 16,000 fewer teachers in secondary education meaning 20% reduction since June 2013.

  • 102 Vocational Education Schools are closing down

  • 2,500 Vocational Education Teachers are being suspended-just a step before dismissals.

  • In 2009 there was 33% reduction of spending on education which is expected to reach 47% in 2016.

  • There is a compulsory transfer of 5,000 teachers to primary education and administration posts.

The government has passed a new law on education without a dialogue establishing a harsh, examination-centered system in all forms/grades of upper secondary education forcing students to seek private tuition outside school and leading to school dropouts. The government proceeds to:

  • The privatization of a part of Vocational Education

  • The introduction of apprenticeship as a form of minor/under-age employment replacing education process.

OLME intends to create a Solidarity Fund to support teachers in strike.

We would appreciate your support.

For the E.B of OLME