Greece: government-workers row over Sunday off

24-hour strike scheduled on November 3

30 October, 10:29

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, OCTOBER 30 - A row between Greece's government and workers in the retail sector over a measure providing for stores to stay open on Sunday is resuming. Under law 4177, which was passed a few months ago, stores remain open on a number of Sundays every year.

    The national federation of private employees (Oiye) has called a 24-hour national strike on Sunday, November 3, to protest against the government's measure. November 3, according to Oiye, would be the first Sunday since 1908, when Sunday became a day of rest in Greece, when stores will remain open.

    The strike, Oiye said in a statement, was called to defend the day of rest as well as to urge the 'reinstatement of all the main workers' rights' which according to the union were scrapped with the implementation of the Memorandum signed by the Greek government with Greece's international creditors as part of an economic recovery plan. The powerful Greek Orthodox church is also opposed to stores remaining open on Sunday.(ANSAmed).

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