Two-day strike by Cul­ture Min­istry staff called off

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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.

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