Apparent progress made during government and POE-OTA talks over ongoing strike
Progress has been made from ongoing talks between the government and representatives of the POE-OTA union of municipal empoyees in a bid to end the strike started by the union last week which has left thousands of tons of rubbish on the streets of Athens and other parts of Greece.
Union chief Nikos Trakas commented this morning that the talks were going very well. “New proposals were brought to the table and discussed. We will go to the executive committee and make a decision”, he said.
One of the union's demands is the permanent hiring of 6,500 fixed-term contract workers. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has not given into this demand citing Greece’s commitment to creditors to drastically cut civil service hirings. However, it was reported that Tsipras has agreed to another demand that contract workers of 45 and older will be eligible to compete for a job as a significant number of the 6,500 contract workers exceed the age limit.
It is hoped that a deal will be reached without further delay with authorities warning that the uncollected rubbish could become a health hazard especially as temperatures are expected to exceed 40 degrees towards the end of the week.