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Court rejects application to suspend university staff dismissals

Council of State says dismissal of 1,349 administrative staff can go ahead

Council of State rules measure that will see Athens University lose almost 40% of its non-teaching staff is in line with the country's obligations under its loan and austerity memorandum with the troika

The country's supreme administrative court has rejected an application to have the government's decision to remove 1,349 university administrative staff from their positions, under the so-called mobility schemes.

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (file photo) The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (file photo) The application to block the measure had been submitted by universities and the association representing administrative staff at the University of Athens.

The Council of State said the measure could not be suspended in the public interest and that the elimination of the staff positions was in line with the country's obligations under its loan and austerity memorandum with the troika.

It rejected the argument that the measure will make it impossible for the universities to carry out their "constitutional and statutory duties".

In September, Athens University said it would lose 37% of its administrative staff under the mobility scheme, leaving it with 78 students per non-teaching staff member, far above the 12.5 students per non-teaching staff member at British universities.

Meanwhile, administrators at the University of Athens are continuing their strike, which started in early September and last week was declared illegal but not abusive.

The university senate has voted to resume teaching on November 19 and has requested administrative staff to allow teaching staff to enter the campus.
 

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