OLP tech­ni­cal work­ers are ea­ger to leave

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ILIAS BELLOS

One in ev­ery four em­ploy­ees at the re­cently pri­va­tized Pi­raeus Port Author­ity (OLP) has ex­pressed an in­ter­est in trans­fer­ring to the broader state sec­tor.

Kathimerini has con­firmed both from the Ship­ping Min­istry and from OLP it­self that about 250 dec­la­ra­tions of in­ter­est have been sub­mit­ted to the com­pe­tent depart­ment of the min­istry in the con­text of a process that started in early July.

In­ter­est­ingly, only four such cases re­gard ad­min­is­tra­tive em­ploy­ees and engi­neers, as the vast ma­jor­ity of re­quests come from tech­ni­cal staff ea­ger to leave the Cosco-con­troled or­ga­ni­za­tion so as to stay in the pub­lic sec­tor.

Sources from OLP and the min­istry es­ti­mate that the ap­pli­ca­tions may well reach 300 or even 350. Given that the num­ber of OLP em­ploy­ees is 1,088, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est pre­sen­ta­tion by the list- ed com­pany’s man­age­ment to the as­so­ci­a­tion of in­sti­tu­tional in­vestors, the po­ten­tial de­par­ture rate could be as high as 30 per­cent.

At the same time there is an on­go­ing vol­un­tary exit pro­gram and ne­go­ti­a­tions are un­der way for new col­lec­tive la­bor con­tracts in the author­ity, as the last one, in­clud­ing its ex­ten­sion, ex­pires in the early fall.

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