Interior, Decentralisation and e-Government Minister Yiannis Ragoussis on Tuesday underlined that the government will not back down even one iota to demands to convert contract workers' temporary jobs in municipalities to permanent positions.

He made the statement after a meeting with the head of the local authority workers union POE-OTA Themis Balasopoulos at the ministry.

Municipal workers have announced a 24-hour strike on Wednesday over this issue and a 10:00 a.m. gathering of local authority staff outside the Athens City Hall in Kotzia Square.