Gov’t, ND clash on pub­lic sec­tor

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In­te­rior Min­is­ter Yian­nis Ragousis yes­ter­day stressed that the gov­ern­ment was not plan­ning mass re­dun­dan­cies in the pub­lic sec­tor and that only those who fail a com­pe­tency eval­u­a­tion dur­ing their trans­fer to other parts of the civil ser­vice would lose their jobs.

Ad­dress­ing Par­lia­ment, Ragousis said that the gov­ern­ment had al­ready saved some 6 bil­lion eu­ros by re­form­ing the civil ser­vants’ wage scale and through early re­tire­ment schemes. He added that more early re­tire­ments and vol­un­tary re­dun­dan­cies over the next three years would cut 150,000 em­ploy­ees from the civil ser­vice.

“Eval­u­a­tion is a goal for us,” Ragousis said, not­ing that the abo­li­tion of some state bod­ies and com­mit­tees and the merg­ing of oth­ers would re­sult in the re­assess­ment of a large num­ber of civil ser­vants. Ac­cord­ing to a process over­seen by the Supreme Coun­cil for Per­son­nel Se­lec­tion (ASEP), any­one deemed un­qual­i­fied would be de­nied a po­si­tion.

Sev­eral deputies of the main con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion New Democ­racy re­acted an­grily to the plans yes­ter­day. Yian­nis Michelakis, ND’s spokesman, dis­missed the very idea of re­dun­dan­cies in the pub­lic sec­tor out of hand. For­mer min­is­ter Prokopis Pavlopou­los de­scribed the de­ci­sion to use ASEP to de­cide the fate of thou­sands of civil ser­vants as “un­con­sti­tu­tional.”

Ad­dress­ing re­porters yes­ter­day, gov­ern­ment spokesman Gior­gos Pe­talo­tis con­firmed ASEP’s role, stress­ing that trans­fers would not be guar­an­teed. Pe­talo­tis also called on ND to take a stance af­ter one if its cadres, Panos Kam­menos, de­scribed Prime Min­is­ter Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou as a “hired bro­ker” in con­nec­tion to the trad­ing of credit de­fault swaps in 2009.

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