Sorry tourists! Greek archeological sites shut down

4-hour strike action

A four-hour warning strike has been scheduled from 8 a.m. until noon on Monday, March 30, by the Panhellenic Union of Employees for the Guarding of Antiquities (PEYFA). This strike follows another 24-hour strike that took place last Friday.

The union clarified that sites and museums will be shut down to the public during these hours though the national security staff will remain on duty. Strike action follows demands for more recruitments to cover the needs of extended opening hours that begin on April 1 at all sites. The union stresses that areas are understaffed to ensure the smooth and safe operation of the sites. Workers are calling for the government to take adequate measures rather than rush to recruit hundreds of contract workers at the last minute.

The union also expresses its objections to the merging of the culture and education ministries and the conversion of large museums to public-sector legal entities.

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