Civil ser­vants’ as­sess­ment is stuck

Gov’t seeks new way to eval­u­ate work­ers as unions ob­struct cred­i­tor-man­dated process

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The Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form Min­istry is seek­ing a new way to con­duct as­sess­ments of the coun­try’s civil ser­vants, one of a bar­rage of re­forms de­manded by Greece’s in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tors, as the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the cur­rent sys­tem is be­ing stymied by the pub­lic sec­tor work­ers’ union, ADEDY, and the mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees’ union, POE-OTA.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­mit­ments that have been made by the left­ist-led gov­ern­ment as part of the coun­try’s third in­ter­na­tional bailout, the as­sess­ment of Greece’s civil ser­vants should have been com­pleted at the end of last month.

In fact the whole process is said to be up in the air, sources say, be­cause most min­istries and state agen­cies have yet to sub­mit their re­ports to the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form Min­istry.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the prob­lem is not rooted in the re­luc­tance of most civil ser­vants to par­tic­i­pate in the as­sess­ment but rather in the re­fusal of their su­pe­ri­ors to over­see the pro­ce­dure, a stance that ADEDY and POE-OTA have en­cour­aged.

Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form Min­is­ter Olga Gerovas­sili, who re­cently held fruit­less talks with ADEDY rep­re­sen­ta­tives about the is­sue, is ex­pected in the com­ing days to make a new at­tempt to ad­dress the dead­lock which is said to have dis­pleased Greece’s cred­i­tors.

Only a few pub­lic sec­tor en­ti­ties, no­tably the Tourism Min­istry, have com­pleted the as­sess­ment of all their staff and sub­mit­ted the re­quired re­ports.

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