Rul­ing paves way for trash col­lec­tors to get back pay

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A rul­ing by the State Au­dit Coun­cil that was made pub­lic yes­ter­day paves the way for the dis­burse­ment of months of un­paid wages to thou­sands of mu­nic­i­pal san­i­ta­tion work­ers on ex­pired short-term con­tracts.

Ac­cord­ing to the rul­ing, the work­ers should be paid as, al­though they were not on con­tract dur­ing the first few months of this year, they ful­filled their du­ties as mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees.

How­ever, in the rea­son­ing that ac­com­pa­nied its de­ci­sion, the court deemed that the ex­ten­sion of those work­ers’ con­tracts un­til the end of the year, as the gov­ern­ment has pledged, would be a vi­o­la­tion of Greece’s Con­sti­tu­tion and of Euro­pean reg­u­la­tions.

Last month mu­nic­i­pal work­ers staged pro­tracted strike ac­tion that left thou­sands of tons of trash rot­ting in the streets of Athens and other ma­jor cities in the mid­dle of a heat wave. In a bid to break the im­passe, the gov­ern­ment of­fered to ex­tend the work­ers’ con­tracts and then to hold a com­pe­ti­tion early next year to hire thou­sands of staff per­ma­nently.

A draft bill due to be de­bated in Par­lia­ment next week aims to grant job se­cu­rity, and wage in­creases, to sev­eral cat­e­gories of pub­lic sec­tor work­ers.

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