Government offers civil servants guarantees amid evaluation row

The government was due to submit to Parliament on Tuesday an amendment to the multi-bill it table last week that would ensure civil servants could not lose their jobs if they perform poorly in public sector evaluations.

The line that was due to be inserted into the draft law was expected to say that “no employee will be fired based on their evaluation, nor will they suffer a wage reduction or any other negative consequences with regards to their work.”

The clause was to be inserted after complaints by the civil servants’ union, ADEDY, and coalition partner PASOK.

Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis insists that 15 percent of those evaluated should be deemed below standard.

However, as a result of the complaints he received, the government has agreed that the civil servants will be given extra training or moved to other positions if they are found to be falling short of expectations.

ADEDY instructed its members on May 13 to refuse to take part in the assessment process.

It has yet to withdraw its objection.