On the table: Strike (apergia in Greek), Blessing (agiasmos)

Teacher: "And next year we will learn the letter B"

Greek teachers are concerned at the programme of redundancies introduced by the government at the demand of the troika of international lenders, which will see some 12,500 civil servants - including teachers - laid off and transferred over the course of the next two years.

A total of 6,000 teachers held a protest in Syntagma Square on September 10. Teachers' unions have announced they are hold a five-day strike starting on September 16 in protest at the cuts. Private school teachers will join the walkout for 48 hours.

Receive the best of European journalism straight to your inbox every Thursday

Was this article useful? If so we are delighted!

It is freely available because we believe that the right to free and independent information is essential for democracy. But this right is not guaranteed forever, and independence comes at a cost. We need your support in order to continue publishing independent, multilingual news for all Europeans.

Discover our subscription offers and their exclusive benefits and become a member of our community now!

Are you a news organisation, a business, an association or a foundation? Check out our bespoke editorial and translation services.

Support independent European journalism

European democracy needs independent media. Join our community!