The local authority staff union federation POE-OTA on Tuesday decided on a series of mobilisations and strikes leading up to October 5, in reaction to further wage cuts and the labour reserve measure imposed by the government.
Their action began with a protest motorcade in the centre of Athens on Tuesday, with the participation of motorbikes, garbage-collection trucks and other municipal vehicles.
POE-OTA's action is particularly focused on the labour reserve measure, with the union federation warning that it will immediately occupy the personnel office of any municipality asked to send a list of employees to be included in the labour reserve.
The union federation's position is to deny that any staff surplus exists and, on the contrary, that there is actually a shortage of staff to run services.
In the seven days leading up to October 3, POE-OTA has planned the occupation of all town halls from 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday until the end of the shift and blockades of central roads between 12:00-12:30 p.m. It will also burn tax office notices for the new property tax.
On Thursday, they will participate in a rally of public-sector trade unionists organised by the civil servants' union federation ADEDY at 3:00 p.m. at the Orpheus Theatre on Panepistimiou Street, after which they will hold a rally in Klafthmonos Square at 6:00 p.m. and march to Parliament.
On Friday there will be a 24-hour nationwide strike by staff in the 'Help at Home' programme and all overtime work over the weekend will be refused.
On October 3, the union will occupy all municipal parking garages and landfill sites until the start of a 24-hour strike declared by ADEDY on October 5, in which all public-sector workers have been called to participate.