Bid to push civil ser­vant scheme

Amend­ment aims to link un­pop­u­lar ini­tia­tive to as­sess public sec­tor work­ers to a new mo­bil­ity pro­gram

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Al­though this week is ex­pected to be a quiet one for the gov­ern­ment in view of the Au­gust 15 public hol­i­day, the respite will be brief, with plans to pass leg­is­la­tion later this week re­gard­ing an as­sess­ment scheme for civil ser­vants.

Public sec­tor work­ers from across the spec­trum – from teach­ers and nurses to tax in­spec­tors – have sought to boy­cott the as­sess­ment pro­ce­dure, which has been de­manded by the coun­try’s in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tors. But Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form Min­is­ter Olga Gerovasili has pledged that dis­ci­plinary ac­tion will be taken against all those who block the pro­ce­dure.

In the com­ing days, her min­istry is ex­pected to sub­mit a leg­isla­tive amend­ment link­ing the as­sess­ment of civil ser­vants to a new mo­bil­ity scheme which aims to move em­ploy­ees from over­staffed or re­dun­dant parts of the public sec­tor to un­der­staffed ar­eas. Ac­cord­ing to sources, the amend­ment will stip­u­late that civil ser­vants will be ex­cluded from the mo­bil­ity scheme if they refuse to par­tic­i­pate in the as­sess­ment pro­ce­dure, which in­volves fill­ing in and sub- mit­ting as­sess­ment forms that have been de­manded by the min­istry from all state agen­cies.

Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras is thought to be keen to con­clude the as­sess­ment pro­ce­dure, along with other re­forms pledged to cred­i­tors, so that there are no ob­sta­cles to the third re­view of the coun­try’s lat­est bailout. The aim is for his ad­min­is­tra­tion to pro­ceed with an­other at­tempt to tap the in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful five-year bond is­sue ear­lier this month.

There are some fears about the stance the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund will take in the re­view and whether it might call for a fresh re­cap­i­tal­iza­tion of Greek banks af­ter it un­der­lined con­cerns about the is­sue in its lat­est re­port on Greece.

Tsipras is keen to show that the coun­try is turn­ing a cor­ner to­ward eco­nomic sta­bil­ity and growth and is ex­pected to elab­o­rate on that nar­ra­tive dur­ing his speech at the Thes­sa­loniki In­ter­na­tional Fair early next month. He is ex­pected to pledge sup­port to would-be in­vestors and fur­ther ef­forts to re­duce red tape.

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