Symbol of Greece's protests, cleaners win in court

Staff Writer
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — They were a symbol of protest against austerity measures in Greece: Cleaners fired from their jobs at the Finance Ministry and tax offices who for months heckled bailout inspectors and joined daily public protests holding their mops and broomsticks.

According to a court decision made public Friday, the cleaners have won a class action case against the government to get their jobs back.

The court found that 397 cleaners who made the complaint were wrongfully suspended from their jobs eight months ago, as part of government staff reduction program.

The government has not said whether it will appeal the decision.