Cheaper, leaner civil ser­vice on the cards

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Greece will shed some 150,000 jobs in the pub­lic sec­tor, long seen as an un­wieldy bur­den on the coun­try’s fi­nances, by 2015 as part of the medium-term fis­cal plan pre­sented in de­tail by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Gior­gos Pa­pa­con­stanti­nou yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment’s plans, the re­duc­tion in the num­ber of state sec­tor em­ploy­ees, along with other cuts, will lead to sav­ings of 1.3 bil­lion eu­ros this year and al­most 4 bil­lion by 2015.

Pa­pa­con­stanti­nou said that a law to be tabled soon would abol­ish pub­lic bod­ies that no longer serve a pur­pose. The gov­ern­ment will also be­gin eval­u­at­ing civil ser­vants with the aim of fir­ing those not deemed up to the job. There are also go­ing to be ad­just­ments to the salaries of pub­lic sec­tor work­ers, who have al­ready had their wages cut by more than 20 per­cent since last year.

A new wage struc­ture, which will be ap­plied across all de­part­ments, is to be passed into law this sum­mer. The new law will also in­tro­duce per­for­mance-re­lated pay and set salaries for the dif­fer­ent po­si­tions in the pub­lic sec­tor in line with the pri­vate sec­tor. So a clerk in the civil ser­vice will earn the same wage as one in the pri­vate sec­tor, for in­stance.

Bu­reau­crats will also lose bonuses for those who are mar­ried al­though pub­lic ser­vants with chil­dren will con­tinue to re­ceive ad­di­tional pay. A 40-hour work­ing week, rather than the cur­rent 37.5 hours, will also be in­tro­duced.

Cru­cially, the gov­ern­ment also com­mit­ted to only hir­ing one new pub­lic ser­vant for ev­ery 10 that leave or re­tire as a way of re­duc­ing their num­bers. How­ever, this has al­ready caused fric­tion with Cit­i­zens’ Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter Chris­tos Papout­sis, who does not want the mea­sure to ap­ply to the po­lice force or coast guard.

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