Greek high school teachers on Thursday called off a planned strike after the government essentially banned it by enacting an emergency law that threatened strikers with arrest or dismissal. The teachers were unable to attract widespread political and public support for the planned Friday walkout, and after the government's move a vote by the teachers failed to secure a majority. Only 23 percent voted in favor of joining the strike. The two main labor unions also refused to back the proposed strike, instead staging a four-hour walkout on Thursday that disrupted public services and flights. The teachers object to the government's plans to increase their working hours, fearing the move will lead to job cutbacks. Amnesty International condemned the government's "blanket prohibition on the teachers' right to strike," describing the use of an emergency law as "unnecessary and disproportionate" and a human rights violation.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.