Greece: Teachers' demonstration clashes with police

2nd time in a week, protesting hiring reform

14 January, 19:43

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 14 - For the second time in a week, Greek police have used tear gas to put down a protest by teachers trying to break through a police cordon near the parliament in Athens. The teachers - who are on strike - are against a draft law on public sector hiring, which in their opinion is unacceptable after years of cuts. It would also, they say, penalize colleagues who have been teaching the longest. One woman was injured in the clashes, Greek media report. About 3,000 people took part, raising placards calling for permanent contracts. The teachers are demanding that more staff be hired after years of no new jobs due to the serious economic crisis the country has been suffering from. They say that the reform under discussion in the parliament would negatively affect the education system even more in Greece. (ANSAmed).

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