An Athens first-instance court on Thursday ruled work stoppages by staff at the ANA-MPA beginning the same day illegal and abusive.

The work stoppages were scheduled to take place from Thursday until Wednesday next week, at the hours of 9:00-12:00, 14:00-17:00 and 21:00-24:00.

The labour action was decided by the board of the Athens union of journalists ESHEA and the national journalists' federation EPHEA to demand that the ANA-MPA should not be given the status of a state-owned public utility company, adherence to the ESHEA and EPHEA collective agreements and against a second 10 percent cut in staff salaries at the ANA-MPA.