Urgent Action Appeal – Greece
Act Now to Save Public Education in Greece
International (EI) and the European Trade Union Committee for Education
(ETUCE), EI’s European region, are calling on all their member
organisations to take action now in support of Public Education in
The Greek Federation of Secondary State School Teachers (OLME), one of EI’s member organisations in Greece, has launched an online petition that has already generated over 4,000 signatures since 8 August.
We call on you to take action now. Click here to access and sign the petition on Avaaz’s Community Petitions website!
We also encourage you to give visibility to the petition by recommending it on your website and/or Facebook account.
Greek teachers need your support!
unprecedented austerity measures imposed to Greece have tragic
consequences for education and society as a whole. The Greek government
is destroying the welfare state and democracy to comply with the demands
of the troika - the European Union, European Central Bank and
International Monetary Fund.
a proposed new law, the Greek government would condemn over 2,500
teachers (including OLME’s president, Themis Kotsifakis) to an
eight-month suspension on just 75 per cent of their basic statutory
salary prior to their automatic dismissal. In addition, 5,000 secondary
education teachers will be transferred to primary education and 2,000
more to administration. The proposed layoffs would add to the 10,000
non-permanent contracts lost earlier in primary and secondary education.
lyceums and schools will be particularly affected by teacher dismissals
through the so-called process of ‘sudden death’. Under the new law, the
authorities would destroy three sectors of Greek Vocational Education,
namely the arts, cosmetics and healthcare tracks. This means that in
September 20,000 students will be left without the vocational lyceums
and schools of their choice. The Government would then concede a large
part of the country’s Vocational Secondary Education to the private
Further measures, including teacher suspensions and dismissals are expected for September.
Greek teachers’ demands are:
- that no teacher be suspended or dismissed ;
- that no student be left without the public vocational education of his/her choice ;
- that the government stop its policy of suspensions, dismissals and cut offs.
EI Solidarity with Greek teachers
and ETUCE stand in solidarity and give their full support to the Greek
teachers and their member organisations – OLME, DOE (Greek Primary
Teachers Federation) and POSDEP (Hellenic Federation of University
Teachers' Associations) – in their struggle to preserve public schools
and vocational education.
recall that a good quality public education system should be considered
as the Greek government’s most important tool to weather the economic
crisis and secure a sustainable future. Therefore, we urge the Greek
government to abandon its efforts to dismiss thousands of teachers from
the vocational education sector.
Thank you for your support and solidarity with our Greek colleagues.
Fred van Leeuwen
General Secretary, EI
European Director, ETUCE