Tax of­fi­cers join oth­ers in block­ing as­sess­ment

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Fol­low­ing protests by em­ploy­ees in the public ed­u­ca­tion and health sec­tors over an ini­tia­tive man­dated by the coun­try’s cred­i­tors for the as­sess­ment of civil ser­vants, tax of­fi­cers and em­ploy­ees of the In­de­pen­dent Author­ity for Public Rev­enue have also boy­cotted the drive.

The union of tax of­fi­cials, POE-DOY, said its mem­bers would block the as­sess­ment, claim­ing that it was aimed at lay­ing off staff. It ac­cused au­thor­i­ties of at­tempt­ing to push through as­sess­ments in sum­mer, “count­ing on the re­duced abil­ity of [em­ploy­ees] to re­act and rul­ing out all prospects for dia­logue and ne­go­ti­a­tion.”

The union called on all its mem­bers to boy­cott the as­sess­ment and not com­plete the forms which the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form Min­istry has asked for. Union­ists are to re­group in Septem­ber and are mulling “col­lec­tive and demo­cratic forms of strug­gle.”

The head of the rev­enue author­ity, Gior­gos Pit­silis, in­sisted that the as­sess­ment is not a pre­text for re­dun­dan­cies and that em­ploy­ees will only be fired in ex­treme cases of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior.

Ac­cord­ing to the civil ser­vants’ union ADEDY, some 70 per­cent of public sec­tor work­ers have boy­cotted the as­sess­ment pro­ce­dure.

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