Strikes have started in Greek schools today. School guards have been attacked with tear gas, as they tried to get into the reforms ministry this morning and many secondary teachers, members of the union OLME, are on strike. On Thursday and Friday of this week the whole of the public sector has been called out on strike by their joint union ADEDY. Hospital doctors and other public sector workers are already on strike with the secondary teachers. Primary and other teachers are expected to join the strike later this week. Many marched through Athens chanting, "Let's kick the government, the EU and the IMF out!" and holding banners reading "No firings!", according to Reuters website

We are reprinting the call for solidarity from OLME, please give it your urgent attention - and send solidarity either as an individual or from your union:

Last time Greek teachers went on strike they were drafted 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


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