Greece's private and State schools closed down Tuesday in a 48-hour strike by teachers. giving?
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Background: Greece's private and State schools closed down Tuesday in a 48-hour strike by teachers. giving an unscheduled holiday to over half a million pupils.
The nearly 30,000 teachers are striking over government plans to establish a uniform pay scale for civil servants. Private school teachers are only indirectly affected by such a scheme but are striking in solidarity with their State school colleagues.
Civil servant mechanical engineers also began a four-day strike Tuesday in protest over the scheme, and were expected to be followed in the next few days by other branches.
Both strikes, however, are not endorsed by the civil Servants Union, which accused the teachers and engineers of seeking to maintain special privileges for themselves against wide civil servant support for the government plan.
The teachers claim the scheme, currently being debated in Parliament, will mean an average monthly loss of 5,000 drachmas or 150 dollars per teacher. The engineers said also their salaries would be cut.