Metro ex­ecs charged over il­le­gal hires

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Eleven ex-board mem­bers of At­tiko Metro, op­er­a­tor of the Athens un­der­ground sys­tem, have been ac­cused of breach of faith for al­legedly mak­ing po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated hir­ings in the runup to the 2009 vote.

Up to 220 il­le­gal hir­ings were al­legedly signed in 2008 and 2009, half of which took place be­tween Au­gust 12 and Septem­ber 4 of 2009.

Ac­cord­ing to the prose­cu­tor, the hir­ings caused an un­jus­ti­fied rise in wage costs and “re­duced the com­pany’s wealth” by 3.7 mil­lion eu­ros. The jobs were not ad­ver­tised in the press while a num­ber of staff were re­cruited in spite of neg­a­tive re­views by the hir­ing board.

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