Government preparing contingency plans to force employess back to work if talks fail
The SYRIZA-led government has been looking into legal avenues to force employees back into work should the latest talks over the ongoing strike by rubbish collectors collapse. It is now well over a week since the strike started which has resulted in tons of rubbish going uncollected in Athens and other towns and cities across Greece.
Authorities have warned of a serious health hazard should the strike continue especially with another heatwave already in effect. Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos hinted at possible action by simply telling reporters that "the government will not allow public health to be put at risk”. Sources indicate that there has been talk of using a judicial order to force workers to return on the grounds of their strike action posing a public health risk.
It had been hoped that talks between the union and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday would bring an end to the crisis, but another planned 24-hr strike has been announced today.