Greece invokes emergency powers to block teachers' strike

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milestocode wrote:

Seems like all they have to do is call in sick that day instead then. Unless the government can make them come to work sick?

May 12, 2013 7:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Assur wrote:

They all just don’t go to work and all form mile long lines at hospitals and doctor offices. Blocking road ways and disrupting society at large. And the best? They’ll have a doctors note.
Due to the large intake of patients the government may have to declare a health emergency and order everyone to remain indoors. Further disrupting everything. That is now at least 2 days of none or below average productions. Millions lost in revenue.
Foreign lenders will freak out and the country will be sold off in parcels to various corporations and private investors with any taxes now going to the EU instead of an actual country.

Wow I just planned out the downfall of Greece.

May 12, 2013 9:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:


The government should just fire all of them, and hire people willing to work. Holding the country hostage, and worse yet, the students, to get their demands is disgusting. Do they not realize the country as a whole is suffering. Sacrifices has to be made. If they are not willing to do the job needed, they should be replaced.

May 12, 2013 9:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
stopthejunk1 wrote:


You have no idea what’s going on in the world.

May 13, 2013 2:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
stopthejunk1 wrote:


You have no idea what’s going on in the world.

May 13, 2013 2:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
milestocode wrote:

@TheNewWorld – You paint a rosy scenario but you fail to include the fact that austerity rarely, if ever, hits those at the top. If they were included, then I’d agree with you 100%. Until then, I’m on the side of those who tell the government to pound salt.

May 13, 2013 4:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Nexibus wrote:

Greece is nothing like the United States. Most professions are something like a bureaucratically entrenched socialism and workers generally have fewer freedoms and rights- “sickdays” or even scheduled breaks for example are a luxury most workers don’t have- no work, no pay. One of the most reliable ways to effect change is worker activism, strikes and slowdowns aimed at critical times- sometimes it is the only way. It’s not a comfortable way to live for the public at large though most there understand that without these actions, the bureaucrats will not make any changes to benefit working people. To resolve the problems of Greece using an American (or even German or British) viewpoint disregards that the local culture is vastly different in how it operates and I think only demonstrates the arrogance and monoculture of consumer-driven capitalist countries.

May 13, 2013 4:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
IvanBunnie wrote:

They can’t arrest them all. Any law that forces people to do certain things such as labor against their will is tyranny. They should cripple the country with a strike.

May 13, 2013 5:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
fyreman235 wrote:

And you would say the same thing if you or your child was about to take final exams before graduation and could not graduate. It’s easy to give others advice when it does not affect you.

May 13, 2013 7:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MWalter wrote:

They can strike all they want, it will not change a thing. Regardless of who is to blame for their mess, Greece is completely beholden to the EU. The teachers choice are to accept years of austerity….or move to another country.

May 13, 2013 7:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
VictorDa wrote:

Most teachers here are a joke and a disgrace to their profession. Typical of them to care nothing for their students while they protest to protect their corrupt work ethics. The only effort they make is to get as much private tutoring at 30 euro/hr (or more) as possible, off the books of course. Sack the lot if they’re not willing to work and definitely force them to work in areas where they’re really needed and not only in the affluent ones where they money is easiest.

May 14, 2013 11:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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