Pub­lic wage dis­crep­an­cies abound

Uni­fied civil ser­vant pay struc­ture in­cludes bonuses for some of up to 2,000 euros

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

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.

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