Vic­tims al­lege abuse, theft

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Four po­lice­men in Athens were sus­pended yes­ter­day fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that they stole 1,100 eu­ros in cash from three peo­ple they ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of drug traf­fick­ing. The ar­rests took place on Wed­nes­day af­ter the three sus­pects, all Bangladeshi na­tion­als, were found in pos­ses­sion of eight pack­ets of cannabis and pills. The of­fi­cers then searched one of the sus­pect’s homes, where they al­legedly found the cash. One of the sus­pects also claimed he was beaten. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the po­lice’s in­ter­nal af­fairs depart­ment fol­low­ing a com­plaint by the three men found that the of­fi­cers had not re­ported the in­ci­dent at all. The drugs they seized were only handed in when they were called to Omo­nia precinct to ex­plain what had hap­pened.

Work­ing hours.

A court in Athens is due to hear on Mon­day a case brought by state hos­pi­tal work­ers against the Health Min­istry over long work­ing hours. POEDA, the union rep­re­sent­ing the hos­pi­tal em­ploy­ees, ar­gues that the min­istry is not abid­ing by the Euro­pean Union work­ing time di­rec­tive. It says doc­tors and nurses are not given 11 hours off be­tween shifts as well as two days off and only one evening shift dur­ing the week. In Novem­ber, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion re­ferred Greece to the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice over the same is­sue. “In prac­tice, doc­tors work­ing in pub­lic hos­pi­tals and health cen­ters in Greece of­ten have to work a min­i­mum av­er­age of 64 hours per week and over 90 hours in some cases, with no le­gal max­i­mum limit,” the Com­mis­sion said. “The Com­mis­sion con­sid­ers this sit­u­a­tion a se­ri­ous in­fringe­ment of the EU’s Work­ing Time Di­rec­tive, en­dan­ger­ing not only doc­tors’ health and safety but also their pa­tients as over­tired doc­tors risk mak­ing mis­takes.”

Study leave.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry sub­mit­ted an amend­ment to Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day that would force teach­ers at state schools who are granted paid post­grad­u­ate study leave to pro­duce ev­i­dence of the qual­i­fi­ca­tions they have gained while away from work. Ac­cord­ing to the would-be law, the teach­ers will have to sub­mit their de­grees be­fore they re­sume work. Any­one not com­ply­ing will be forced to re­turn the pay they re­ceived dur­ing their ab­sence. Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Simeon Kedikoglou said that some teach­ers had abused the study leave sys­tem in the past. “Such be­hav­ior was un­ac­cept­able and tar­nished the very use­ful prac­tice of grant­ing study leave,” he said.

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