Greece - Museum and cultural sites staff continue disputes - August 31, 2017

Workers at archaeological sites and museums are involved in a constant dispute. The trade union of the Ministry of Culture employees (POE-YPPO) announced a 48-hour strike in July. Later on, the strike was called off after a meeting with the responsible ministry. The union said that no response from the ministry to the demands could have led to a (temporary) closure of the museums and archaeological sites. The union wanted the immediate hiring of 33 archaeologists and 200 specialized antiquities guards to cover the needs of museums and archaeological sites. It also had other demands such as resolving pending cases of the Expropriation of Archaeological Resources Fund and the Employee Solidarity Fund, along with safeguarding the rights of other workers in museums and archaeological sites such as cleaners and guards. The last protest in this row is a rally that has been scheduled to demand the payment of workers on short-term contracts.

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