Public wage discrepancies abound
Unified civil servant pay structure includes bonuses for some of up to 2,000 euros
As the government attempts to revise a unified pay structure for civil servants in a bid to iron out differences without increasing spending, a study of the new scheme reveals that discrepancies still abound, with employees in certain parts of the public sector receiving as much as 2,000 euros more per month than colleagues with the same qualifications.
A case in point are Finance Ministry employees who, apart from their monthly salaries, receive an additional payment larger than the gross monthly wage of a newly-appointed secondary school teacher, namely 1,092 euros.
According to sources, officials are examining cutting the budget for the civil servants’ pay structure by 204 million euros, which is the total cost of the additional payments given out to some 66,000 employees, and redistributing the sum in a way that remains to be determined.
Of the total cost for the bonuses, 113 million euros goes to employees of the Finance Ministry who receive an average of 500 and 1,000 euros per month in extra payments. In a few cases, staff receive up to 2,000 euros in bonus payments.
The Finance Ministry has sought to explain the increased wages, noting that they go to employees working in “sensitive services” such as tax offices. However, a study of the new pay structure indicates that it is not just tax inspectors but administrative employees at the ministry who receive inflated salaries.
Pedestrians peruse the offers on display during the first day of midseason sales on Saturday, in the northern port city of Thessaloniki. The sales will run through Monday, November 10. Data from Greece’s statistics service ELSTAT late last week showed that Greek retail sales by volume rose 7.4 percent in August, compared to the same month last year. The country’s foreign lenders predict that the local economy will post a modest recovery this year, following six years of brutal recession.