Bid for unions in the mil­i­tary fuels dis­ci­pline fears

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A leg­isla­tive amend­ment tabled by the govern­ment last week to al­low la­bor unions in the mil­i­tary has fu­elled con­cern within the armed forces, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos and his al­ter­nate min­is­ter, Dim­itris Vit­sas, last week ap­proved an amend­ment in­tro­duced by 27 SYRIZA MPs to al­low la­bor unions in the armed forces.

Greece has a cen­tral union for mil­i­tary per­son­nel but the new amend­ment will al­low of­fi­cers to elect rep­re­sen­ta­tives on a re­gional level. The unions will be given a space from which to op­er­ate un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the re­gional com­man­der. De­spite the re­stric­tions, there are fears that the change could un­der­mine the rigid hi­er­ar­chy and dis­ci­pline ac­cord­ing to which the armed forces op­er­ate.

Greek noir writer Pet­ros Markaris poses dur­ing an in­ter­view in Barcelona on Satur­day, where he is the top-billing name at the Span­ish crime writ­ing fes­ti­val Se­m­ana Ne­gra. The best-sell­ing author re­cently com­pleted a four-book se­ries in­spired by the Greek cri­sis. He said his new novel, ‘Off­shore,’ is ‘not about bod­ies, but fol­low­ing the money.’

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