Greek police scuffle with school guards, teachers kick off strikes
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police fired tear gas to disperse dozens of school guards who tried to force entry to the country's Reforms Ministry on Monday, as public-sector workers began a week of strikes to protest planned layoffs demanded by foreign creditors.
After a summer lull, guards, who patrol school premises and oversee road crossings, teachers and public hospital doctors are starting walk-outs to put pressure on the government ahead of an inspection next week by the "troika" of European Union and International Monetary Fund officials.
"We want our jobs back!," Mr Eleni Stathaki, a 53-year-old former school guard, said in tears. "They threw us out but want us to keep paying taxes. It's impossible to live like this."
Mr Stathaki was among 300 protesting guards rallying outside the Administrative Reform Ministry as ministers discussed the measures early in the morning.