More civil ser­vice sack­ings to come

About 800 pub­lic ser­vants to lose jobs when or­ga­ni­za­tions are merged or scrapped

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The dis­missal of some 2,600 em­ploy­ees at pub­lic broad­caster ERT is likely to be fol­lowed up soon by the fir­ing of an­other 800 civil ser­vants from state or­ga­ni­za­tions which are be­ing merged or scrapped al­to­gether, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

Seventeen bod­ies are to be shut down and an­other 53 will be merged un­der the govern­ment’s plans. This will af­fect more than 1,300 pub­lic ser­vants, of whom about 800 will be sacked, while oth­ers who are deemed sur­plus to re­quire­ment will be placed in a mo­bil­ity scheme.

Athens has agreed with the troika to dis­miss 4,000 civil ser­vants by the end of this year and 15,000 by the end of 2014.

Ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments seen by Kathimerini, 216 peo­ple are em­ployed at the 17 or­ga­ni­za­tions which will be shut down. They will all lose their jobs. An­other 1,107 peo­ple work in the 53 bod­ies that will be merged. Th­ese in­clude the Or­ga­ni­za­tion Against Drugs (OKANA), the Ther­apy Cen­ter for De­pen­dent In­di­vid­u­als (KETHEA) and the National Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Medicines (EOF). The National Li­brary and 44 re­gional pub­lic li­braries will come un­der the man­age­ment of a sin­gle or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The fir­ing of at least 2,000 civil ser­vants this sum­mer had been one of Greece’s com­mit­ments, and a per­sonal pledge to the troika by Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras, so Greece could re­ceive its next bailout loan of 3.3 bil­lion eu­ros. Dur­ing the troika’s cur­rent visit to Athens, of­fi­cials have also pres­sured the govern­ment over re­mov­ing re­stric­tions to sack­ings in the pri­vate sec­tor, sources have told Kathimerini.

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