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Greek Universities Continue Striking

October 6, 2013
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The administrative staff of eight Greek Universities in its fifth week of striking. They are protesting against the government’s decision to cut jobs as part of its bailout commitments.

The unrest in the academic world is due to the implementation of the controversial mobility scheme, which will affect more than 1,300 administrative staff members in tertiary institutions by temporarily losing their jobs before possible relocation or dismissal.

Eight universities- Athens University, the National Technical University of Athens, the Athens University of Economics and Business, Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University and the universities of Patras, Thessaly, Crete and Ioannina- have stopped operating since the beginning of September. Cutting administrative staff will increase the ratio of teachers-to-students.

Universities demand from the government to revoke the new law. The meeting of administrative staff with the Education Minister Constantinos Arvanitopoulos was inconclusive.

Published by Greek Reporter.

Ancient Greece, Athens centre of democracy, centre of learning, of philosophy, mathematics, geometry …

Greece has a strange mix of public and private universities. The public were free, the private charge but by UK standards, a very low fee of 2,000 euros (a term a year?).

At least one public university has closed under austerity cuts. It would have been better to have charged modest fees, modest that is by UK fees, which have shot up from £3,000 to £9,000 per academic year.

UK universities charge fees per year, but with the fees being so high these are now levied over a term.

In Greece the private universities charge per month.

With austerity hitting hard, students are struggling to pay their fees. There has to be some accommodation by the universities. How many are losing their university places, or being forced to retake their year, deemed as failed because they lacked the money to pay for their end of year exams?

Cutting administrative staff, especially if this leads to an increase in lecturer/student ration would be a step in the right direction.

There are too many worthless jobsworth, who are a cost to everyone, who deliver very little, who have jobs for life, who forget they are accountable to the people who pay them.