Greek Military Can Unionize, But Not Strike, Speak Out

ATHENS – Members of Greece’s Armed Forces will be allowed to set up a union but with restrictions preventing a strike, a common occurrence for unhappy Greek workers.

Defense Minister Panos Kammenos and his alternate, Dimitris Vitsas, approved an amendment introduced by 27 SYRIZA MPs for the unions to be set up.

Greece already has a central union for military personnel but the new amendment will allow officers from all the Armed Forces to elect representatives on a regional level, Kathimerini said.

The unions will be given a space from which to operate under the supervision of the Regional Commander. Other restrictions mean they can’t make public statements or be involved in base management.