Members of the secondary school teachers’ union (OLME) were holding a protest outside the Education Ministry at noon on Thursday. A work stoppage was called between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

OLME is asking for schools not to be closed down and for more teachers to be hired.

The union’s representatives clashed recently with Education Minister Constantinos Arvanitopoulos over plans to transfer some teachers to other public sector positions.