PAME union breaks into Labor ministry following protest against omnibus bill

PAME, the Communist Party-affiliated labor union, broke into the ministry of Labor on Tuesday after a request to meet with officials was turned down.

Following a march to protest the new omnibus bill expected to be tabled in Parliament by Tuesday night, members of the union broke a glass door to enter the building, where they hung a banner against the bill’s measures.

“We will not negotiate the right to strik,” PAME press representative Giorgos Boulougaris told Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), referring to one of the bill’s provisions. According to an amendment expected to be tabled, half the members of a plenary must agree to a strike, as opposed to the current fifth.

PAME is planning a rally at Omonia Square on Friday noon, and a strike the same day (Jan. 12). It also said it would continue its protests up to the day the omnibus bill goes to vote.