May­ors seek road map for re­hir­ing trash col­lec­tors

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The Union of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and Com­mu­ni­ties of Greece (KEDE) yes­ter­day called on In­te­rior Min­is­ter Panos Sk­ourletis to is­sue a “road map” to all lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to en­sure that mu­nic­i­pal work­ers on short­term con­tracts fac­ing ex­piry are re­hired.

“Ev­ery day that he de­lays in re­spond­ing, more and more work­ers lose their jobs,” KEDE said in a state­ment that in­cluded eight ques­tions for Sk­ourletis about the process of their re­hir­ing.

Ear­lier Sk­ourletis told Par­lia­ment that the gov­ern­ment will bring leg­is­la­tion to the House in the fall that would of­fer a “so­lu­tion in keep­ing with the Con­sti­tu­tion and Euro­pean di­rec­tives.”

The ten­sions came amid ru­mors of pos­si­ble fresh strike ac­tion by mu­nic­i­pal san­i­ta­tion work­ers, whose walk­outs last month left thou­sands of tons of garbage fes­ter­ing on the streets of Athens and other cities.

Tourists queue up wait­ing for the ticket of­fices at the an­cient site of the Acrop­o­lis to open after a three-hour work stop­page yes­ter­day. All ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites and most mu­se­ums in the Greek cap­i­tal re­mained shut for most of yes­ter­day morn­ing due to a strike by site guards de­mand­ing over­time pay­ment and more staff hir­ings.

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