The so­cial sin of greed

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY PANTELIS BOUKALAS

that 5,000 em­ploy­ees – mainly ex­perts em­ployed at pri­vate le­gal en­ti­ties – were earn­ing 2,800 eu­ros net per month, in other words a gen­eral sec­re­tary’s salary, with­out be­ing en­ti­tled to it. None of the 5,000 acted on their own. They did not wake up one morn­ing and de­cide to raise their own salaries. They de­manded a raise and their de­mands fell on sym­pa­thetic ears. The sym­pa­thetic ears were gov­ern­ment ears, part of a pre-2015 ad­min­is­tra­tion. The salary equa­tions were ex­e­cuted through a num­ber of pro­vi­sions, passed with draft leg­is­la­tion ev­ery now and then. Did they go through in the form of amend­ments passed in Par­lia­ment af­ter hours? No one knows, but this is not the worst part of not know­ing. If this kind of rev­e­la­tion is to be made public in its en­tirety, as op­posed to just half the story, which is of­ten the case, a list of all gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials who de­cided (at times of heavy aus­ter­ity) to act as pa­trons to the priv­i­leged by ser­vic­ing groups of vested in­ter­ests should be pub­lished. Let’s not re­veal the names of the greedy em­ploy­ees in ques­tion – there are those who would ar­gue that sen­si­tive pri­vate in­for­ma­tion should not be di­vulged – but let’s name those who made it easy for them on a leg­isla­tive level. This would stop the en­tire po­lit­i­cal sys­tem from be­ing stig­ma­tized. Right af­ter that, what should be de­ter­mined is how much of the 2,800 eu­ros per month was the prod­uct of quasi-em­bez­zle­ment – 1,000, 500 eu-

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