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The Greek Government Mobilises Striking DEI Employees

05 July 2014 / 16:07:31  GRReporter
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The Greek government proceeded with a civil mobilisation of employees working for the Public Power Corporation (DEI) after the refusal of union employees to comply with the court's decision according to which their strike is against the law.
"The republic's laws and court decisions must be respected by everyone, and public interest comes first," said Sofia Voultepsi and announced that the government is proceeding to the requisition of DEI services.
The spokeswoman of the government underlined that since day one of this strike, taking place without being approved by the union, the government has made the decision to defend public interest.
"After the decision of the Greek System of Justice to declare the DEI strike illegal and to order its immediate suspension, which the unions did not comply with, the government shall proceed to civil mobilisation and the requisition of DEI services," said Vultepsi.
According to yesterday's decision of the Minister of Administrative Reform, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the government printing house shall work over the weekend to complete printing mobilisation circulars.
Upon announcing the government’s decision, reactions are expected from union organisations as well as implementation of the service of summons procedure concerning employees.
At the same time, the police and prosecutors are on standby, prepared to prevent blockades or other acts.
What Yiannis Maniatis Announced Yesterday Morning: 
"In the event that the Justice decision regarding DEI is not applied, the government is prepared to take the next step, which is the mandatory application of that decision," said the Minister of Environment, Yiannis Maniatis, for Mega TV yesterday morning. "We are ready to do everything that has to be done, I can assure you," he said.
"The time when the union leaders could rule together with the government has passed. Those who believe that this will continue, are wrong… The majority of the people support the government," said the Minister of the Interior, Argyris Dinopoulos for Sky TV.
Earlier in the morning, before the announcement of the government's decision was made, the unionists Pantelis Karalefteris and Georgios Bidzas said that the strike would continue. "We will fix the percentage of those who should be excluded from the strike actions, which is security personnel for whom the strike was declared illegal, and we’ll continue," Bizdas said for Sky TV.
Meanwhile, the DEI union employees announced that the strike would continue, and asked for understanding from the citizens. In their statement, it is stressed that despite the court decision announcing that strike actions are illegal and that they had to be ceased, the union leaders ordered that the strike be resumed on Saturday morning.
In parallel, the electric company imposed a further reduction of the electricity produced, resulting in non-working stations, 14 in number, that run on lignite and natural gas, with a total capacity of 3700 MW, and in non-working hydroelectric power stations of 900 MW total capacity.
The network operator is obliged to inform customers of possible power cuts.

 

Tags: Public Power Corporation DEI Greek Government civil mobilisation of employees possible power cuts
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