Bill paves the way for Par­lia­ment staff jobs

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A gov­ern­ment bill pushed through Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day se­cures the ap­point­ment of civil ser­vants who failed a re­cent eval­u­a­tion man­dated by Greece’s cred­i­tors, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

Specif­i­cally the leg­is­la­tion fore­sees the ap­point­ment of em­ploy­ees in man­age­ment po­si­tions as “spe­cial ad­vis­ers” to Par­lia­ment’s sci­en­tific coun­cil.

One of the bill’s pro­vi­sions stip­u­lates that em­ploy­ees can be trans­ferred to other jobs in the pub­lic sec­tor “in cases of ur­gent need.”

The law is the lat­est in a se­ries of ini­tia­tives by the left­ist-led gov­ern­ment aimed at se­cur­ing em­ploy­ment for civil ser­vants, who form the bulk of left­ist SYRIZA sup­port­ers.

A draft bill passed through Par­lia­ment ear­lier this month paved the way for wage in­creases for cer­tain lo­cal author­ity work­ers by of­fer­ing a range of ben­e­fits, as well as guar­an­tee­ing job se­cu­rity for cur­rent em­ploy­ees and even fore­see­ing new hir­ings. It was drafted in the wake of a spate of protests, no­tably ex­tended strike ac­tion by garbage col­lec­tors in June.

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