Artists’ strike closes theaters, music schools
More than 2,000 people took part in the demonstration, on the second day of a 48-hour strike to protest changes in a government labor qualification system used to set wage scales and for civil service recruitment.
“People have spent years on the job, teaching and in performance roles, and suddenly they do not know what their qualifications are worth,” singer Argyro Kaparou, who heads one of the associations organizing the protest, told the AP.
Strike organizers say they want the government to pause the reforms until a general election is held sometime before the summer.
The center-right government says it wants to streamline government hiring procedures before the elections.
(Students from drama and arts schools gather during a protest outside parliament in Athens, Greece on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. Performing artists and arts students are striking for a second day, closing theatres, halting television shoots and disrupting art school classes, to protest charges in the qualification system of civil service jobs. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)