Primary school teachers clashed with riot police in Athens on Monday for the second time in under a week, during a protest against government plans to change public sector hirings.
The violence broke out when protesting teachers, who are on a 24-hour strike, tried to break a police cordon next to parliament. Some demonstrators hurled fireworks at police, who responded with tear gas. The clashes were short-lived.
More than 3,000 people took part in the protest, holding banners that read “Permanent hirings now!”
The teachers say schools are under-staffed and are demanding the creation of additional permanent positions. They argue that an education ministry bill currently under public consultation is unfair to those with years of experience.
Greece froze hirings in the public sector during the years of its economic crisis that began in late 2009.
A MISCO poll for CD eNEWS Agency conducted between the the 1st and 2nd July indicates that the gap between the two parties has widened from 11% to 15% since the 2017 elections. The survey shows that Robert Abela has a lead of 45 percentage points over Adrian Delia as to who voters believe is more suitable to be Malta’s Prime Minister.
Last week's round was cut short with both sides saying that, while they wanted an agreement, they had yet to overcome the gulf in positions that could see Britain leaving a status-quo transition period at the end of this year without a free trade deal.