Government poised to force universities to reopen

As a strike by administrative staff at Athens University and the National Technical University of Athens continues into its 10th week, placing the studies of thousands of students in jeopardy, the government is considering forcing the employees back to work by issuing civil mobilisation orders, reports Kathimerini.

Staff at the two institutions are protesting government plans to place more than 1,300 university office workers into a labour mobility scheme, although professors at the technical university – who had been striking in solidarity – returned to work this week in a bid to ensure the start of the semester while their peers at Athens University have decided to return to work next week. But with administrative staff continuing their action, it appeared unlikely that the two universities could resume normal operations.

The government has issued civil mobilisation orders three times this year – in January against Athens metro workers, in February against seamen and in May against teachers.
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