The employees of the Greek Church Radio were shocked yesterday to watch what was going on at their radio station. The administration of the station, after futile attempts to proceed with an arbitrary cut on the wages and without any concern, decided unexpectedly to suspend the station's operation. In fact, the administration went even further, so as to lock inside the building the employees who came to work. The administration also refused and tried, in violation of the legislation, to prevent the union representatives from entering the building and then the former cut the power supply in a desperate attempt to forcefully get rid of the latter.
The employees regained control of the station after three hours, apologized on the microphones for the interruption of the program and spoke about a coup d' etat by the station managers.
This followed the dismissal (in a similar manner) of the journalist Marie Palli, from the Office of the Holy Synod [=the Greek Church administration]; she is an elected member of the Supervisory Board of the Panhellenic Federation of Journalists.
The Coordination Committee of employees in the media warned that they will vigorously oppose themselves in any further tricky action, that they stay in solidarity with the employees who are in occupation of the station and that they invite everybody to be ready for struggle.
According to the announcement of the Holy Synod, "the Permanent Holy Synod was informed by the Bishops Chrysostomos of Chalcis, Mr. Joel of Edessa, Pella and Almopia and Mr. Chrysostomos of Patras, who had a three-member committee appointed to discuss with representatives of workers in the radio station of the Church of Greece, about the possibility of concluding business contracts, fulfilling the need to reduce the pay staff salaries due to the inability to cover the deficit for this year and to certainly avoid the dismissal of any employees. The bishops told the Permanent Holy Synod that none of the representatives of employees showed up at the designated meeting, today. That said, the Standing Holy Synod, because of the rigid and oppressive economic circumstances, is unable to continue the operation of the Radio Church of Greece and has decided to suspend immediately the radio signal of the station."