Two-day strike by Culture Ministry staff called off
Archaeological sites and museums in Athens will be open over the weekend after representatives of Culture Ministry employees called off a planned two-day strike. The union representing the ministry staff said it decided to cancel the action following a meeting on Wednesday with Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou, who it described as assuming a “responsible” approach to their demands. The union is demanding that the government honor a pledge to hire 233 archaeologists and guards, replacing employees who have retired in recent years. It was unclear what assurances Koniordou offered the workers, but the terms of Greece’s loan program dictate that only a fraction of the civil servants who retire can be replaced by new hires.