The en­e­mies of re­form

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La­bor unions – and the gov­ern­ment it­self in no small mea­sure – have been un­der­min­ing, and with ev­ery means pos­si­ble, any ef­forts at eval­u­at­ing work­ers in the coun­try’s civil ser­vice. The union of pub­lic hos­pi­tal em­ploy­ees, for ex­am­ple, has re­sponded neg­a­tively to such ef­forts time and again in an at­tempt to hin­der the re-ex­am­in­ing of staff with de­grees from “sus­pect” pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes. Such in­ci­dents more than ex­pose the pa­thetic con­di­tion of the Greek state and its in­sti­tu­tions. When you look at the men­tal­i­ties and be­hav­ior that have been hold­ing this coun­try back and have em­bar­rassed it in front of the world for years, es­pe­cially since the out­break of the cri­sis, is it any won­der that re­forms are tak­ing so long? The case of hos­pi­tal work­ers is just one ex­am­ple, but when added to the many oth­ers in vi­tal ar­eas of the pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion, such as pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, we can see how dif­fi­cult re­form­ing the coun­try re­ally is.

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