ATHENS – Greek primary school teachers are being advised by their union not to participate in state evaluations of workers after being warned it was a way to fire them.
With school set to start Sept. 12, the government wants to review civil servants in a bid to identify those who should be let go, but there are fears it will be skewed politically and again target lower-paid workers.
To satisfy demands of international lenders who want the work force cut, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ coalition government has gone after janitors, school nurses, teachers, municipal police, and crossing guards while exempting Parliament workers, managers and consultants.
The primary school teachers’ federation (DOE) advised its members not to submit the details being requested by authorities so they could “annul the Education Ministry’s attempts to impose an evaluation of quotas and sackings.”
The union vowed to join forces with the secondary school teachers’ federation, OLME, in the fall to protest the government’s plans.
It is estimated that the government will need to hire as many as 22,500 substitute teachers to cover for a lack of staff at schools around the country, replacing full-time teachers who retired.
So far, it has secured funds to pay for 19,500 educators.