Crisis: Greek government-academe dialogue reinstated

After crippling 75-day administrative staff strike

22 November, 12:39

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, NOVEMBER 22 - After a crippling 75-day strike, Education Minister Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos last night invited eight university deans as well as embattled employees to discuss the government's planned 1,140 layoffs.

    The labor action against the government's cost-cutting measures involving tens of thousands of public-sector job losses has shut down Kapodistriaka University and Athens Polytechnic. ''The premise for this dialogue is that the universities must reopen'', the minister said.

    Talks will be uphill because the deans want the nation's universities excluded from any public-sector layoff plans, insisting they won't be able to work without those 1,140 employees.

    The deans also question the legality of the criteria for picking the people to be laid off.

    Academic and administrative staff at both universities will meet today ahead of the talks to discuss the minister's conditions as well as any future actions.(ANSAmed).

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