Angry cleaning women demand their jobs wearing crowns of thorns

protesting cleaners in Athens April 2014

On Maundy Thursday cleaning women held an angry protest outside the Greek Finance Ministry in Athens demanding their jobs back and comparing the Finance Minister to Pontius Pilate.

Last Autumn, the finance ministry placed 595 cleaning ladies – employed at tax offices across the country for as little as €500 a month – on the so-called mobility scheme, which involves putting public workers on 75% of their salary for eight months.

Those payments cease after eight months if the sacked worker cannot find another job in the public sector. In the cleaning womens’ case, that means they’ll have no income from mid-May.   See full article here

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