Athens municipality contract workers pressing for permanent jobs staged a motorcade protest in central Athens on Wednesday, blocking traffic as they drove around the city's main roads in a convoy of more than 100 motorbikes and mopeds.

For more than two hours they drove around the city, blocking major roads, in an organised protest against the government's decision to deny them permanent work positions at the municipality.

A representative of the workers said their protest on Tuesday had been spontaneous but that Wednesday's had been organised as a means of exerting pressure in support of their demands.

They are to meet again on Thursday outside the Supreme Court, where their case for their conversion of the contracts into indefinite work contracts will be heard.