facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Dismissed ERT workers in Greece occupying building

June 23, 2013 at 6:59 PM   |   Comments

AGHIA PARASKEVI, Greece, June 23 (UPI) -- Former staff of Greek state broadcaster ERT, which was shut down this month, refused to leave its premises and issued pirate broadcasts.

The country's coalition government shut down ERT June 11 in response to pressure by foreign lenders to cut back on the size of the Greek public sector, ekathimerini.com reported Sunday.

Hundreds of workers of Hellenic Broadcasting Corp. fired as a result of the shutdown occupied ERT's headquarters in Aghia Paraskevi.

The employees issued pirate broadcasts Friday and Saturday despite the Finance Ministry's call on them "to evacuate the premises ... to allow for the unhindered and immediate implementation of the Council of State's decision."

The court ruling that called for the closure also called for its signal to be restored, ekathimerini.com said.

The ministry said officials were planning to recruit 2,000 people to run a transitional broadcast service, but provided no specifics.

The workers called for a solidarity rally to be held Sunday evening.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine
2
Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way
3
Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no' Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no'
4
Tony Hayward: Kurdish oil sector open for business Tony Hayward: Kurdish oil sector open for business
5
Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback