Greece uses emergency provision to end teachers strike that threatened exams

ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s conservative-led coalition government says it will use emergency powers to prevent teachers from disrupting university entrance exams as part of their planned strike action this month.

It is the third time this year that the government has used the emergency civil mobilization order — a measure normally reserved for natural disasters and other times of national crisis — to end a labour dispute in the crisis-hit country.

Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said Monday that the government took the decision under its “moral obligation” to safeguard the May 17-31 exams for school leavers and university candidates.

Teaching unions had planned to start rolling strikes on May 17 to protest longer working hours and involuntary staff transfers.