Municipal day care closed in protest at longer hours

Municipal day care centres throughout the country will be closed from noon on Friday until next Thursday, due to strikes protesting against government plans to increase working hours in the public sector to 40 a week. The local authority workers' union POE-OTA has declared a four-hour work stoppage from noon until 4:00 p.m. on Friday and a 48-hour strike on Monday and Tuesday. Day care centres will also be closed on Wednesday due to the May 11 general strike organised on that day by the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE) and the civil servants' union federation ADEDY.

The association of nursery and pre-school teachers is planning a protest rally at Syntagma Square at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and a rally outside the offices of POE-OTA in Karaiskaki Square at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, followed by a march to the interior ministry.

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