New Omnibus Labor Law Gets Approved in Parliament

ATHENS — A controversial omnibus labor bill was approved during a plenary vote late on Wednesday, solely by ruling New Democracy (158 votes). All opposition parties (142 votes) rejected it in principle but with each party supporting various articles.

Introduced as to the 300-strong body as legislation that would empower Greek workers and bring Greek law in line with EU regulations, the bill led to rallies during the week and on the day of its vote. A 24-hour strike and work stoppages were called by Greece's largest private and public sector unions affecting a wide range of public services including transportation, ship sailings, hospitals, most teachers and staff at ministries, among others.

Speakers at the rally called the bill "an abomination" and something that "cannot be corrected or improved upon," and demanded its withdrawal.


ATHENS - US Ambassador George Tsunis added to a list of those lauding Greece’s recovery from a 2010-18 financial and austerity crisis, calling it an “economic miracle,” that is seeing investors from the United States and world jumping in.

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NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Alberto, Season’s First Named Tropical Storm, Dumps Rain on Texas and Mexico, Which Reports 3 Deaths

TAMPICO, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Alberto rumbled toward northeast Mexico early Thursday as the first named storm of the season, carrying heavy rains that left three people dead but also brought hope to a region suffering under a prolonged, severe drought.

ATHENS – After five years of systematic research, documenting and collecting stories from all over Greece, Istorima, the largest-scale collection of oral history in the country, continues its activity and is enriched with a renewed website with updated series and collections.

For centuries, ancient artifacts, art, and relics have been a topic of ownership, provenance, and morality debates.

LESVOS – The 2nd International ELIA Lesvos Confest (an olive conference and festival) took place at the Vrana Olive Press Museum on the island of Lesvos in Greece May 23-26.

NEW YORK – Pancyprian Association of America issued a statement mourning the passing of Constantine Iordanou, the businessman and philanthropist who was also a founding member of the Association.

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