Greek teachers were on the streets of Athens on Friday fighting cuts to the education budget. The protests, were in particular about the failure to hire teachers on permanent contracts. The unions are demanding that all teachers presently on temporary contracts be taken on permanently, while the education ministry is proposing to plug gaps in the schools with yet more temporary teachers.

The protesters arrived at the education ministry as a student event was taking place inside. They managed to avoid riot police and climbed over the gates of the building before they were stopped.

The demonstration was organised by the secondary teachers union OLME but was also supported by nursery and primary teachers. OLME responded angrily to a call by the edcation minister not to protest during the student event, telling him that they don't take orders from the minister on their democratic rights to protest. More demonstrations are planned for this evening.