Editorial: Unionism of convenience…

We are perhaps the only country in the world where the employees – in the public sector, of course – will shut down their work…

Editorial: Unionism of convenience… | tovima.gr

We are perhaps the only country in the world where the employees – in the public sector, of course – will shut down their work stations in order to exercise their union rights. A few days ago it was the employees in transport, who stopped working for a few hours in order to have an assembly.

Today all of the country’s schools will remain closed so that the teachers can elect their representatives for the departmental councils.

It must clearly be so difficult and tiring for them to vote after teaching ends that the Ministry of Education has agreed to the closure of the schools… This practice, inherited from a sinful past, cannot stand up to any scrutiny. Nobody is denying the employees their right to assemble or to elect their representatives, but they must also respect the people’s rights. The troika sees these sinful practices and demands a change in union law and the restriction of employee and union rights.

This tactic has even repercussions for the teachers though, by setting an example of inconsistency and diminished responsibility to their students. Then we wonder why school occupations, for the most minor reasons, are called every year around this time, when the Ministry of Education itself and the teachers are quick close down the schools.

It is the responsibility and duty of the public sector employees themselves to safeguard their rights and avoid those rights being abused; even if the occasional authorities allow such deviations for their own opportunistic reasons. The teachers in particular, who are influencing the new generation, ought to be very careful when it comes to such practices of convenience.

After five years of the crisis and its painful consequences, we have not yet understood our mistakes and we continue to preserve our sinful past…

TO VIMA

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