Thursday October 23, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
24o C
14o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Minister insists target for civil servant firings will be met

The government has no intention of backing down over its commitment to firing civil servants this year and aims to complete their work evaluation despite objections from their union, ADEDY, Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis insisted on Tuesday.

Last year Greece agreed that it would fire 15,000 civil servants by the end of this year. The government still has to find 6,500 public sector workers to dismiss in the next six months to fulfill this pledge to the troika. Mitsotakis said there was no way that the coalition would go back on this commitment, especially since it has another 600 or so “prior actions” to complete over the next few months.

“The number of fronts the government can open [with the troika] has already been surpassed,” Mitsotakis told Real FM on Tuesday.

The minister’s immediate task is overcoming a dispute with ADEDY, which has called on its members to refuse to take part in the evaluation process. A court ruled the union’s protest against the workers’ performance reviews illegal earlier this week but ADEDY has appealed.

POE-OTA, the union representing local authority employees, is also protesting the ministry’s attempts to review how civil servants on fixed-term contracts found themselves on open-ended deals in the past. The ministry accused POE-OTA’s leadership of being “anachronistic and regressive.”

The government has already begun preparing for the troika’s return in September for what is expected to be a long review of Greece’s adjustment program. Sources said that Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis has proposed to Greece’s lenders that they split the review in two, concentrating first on fiscal and structural targets before opening a discussion about the size of the country’s funding gap for 2015.

Hardouvelis believes that this will allow the troika to issue a positive report on Greece’s fiscal performance ahead of discussions with the eurozone about further debt relief, while leaving the issue of the fiscal gap to be resolved in October, once the European Central Bank has carried out its stress tests. Greece is still hoping that it can use a large chunk of the 11 billion euros remaining in its bank rescue fund to cover the 2015 funding gap.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 (20:47)  
Cyprus seeks EU response over Turkey´s EEZ violation
Thirteen indicted for inmate torture
Samaras, Venizelos eye deal with troika on bailout exit by Dec 8
Campaigners call for more road safety at deadly crash site
Athens weighs its LNG and CNG options
Energy Minister Yiannis Maniatis met on Wednesday with officials from six leading shipping companies in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, as he is weighing the possibility of Greece as...
Greece ranks among global leaders in tourism growth
Tourism in Greece has done particularly well in 2014, having grown 16.7 percent year-on-year, while the head of the World Tourism Organization stressed on Wednesday the added value this grow...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Roberto´s heroics make Kasami´s goal count
Pajtim Kasami’s goal and Roberto’s heroics in goal saw Olympiakos claim one of the biggest wins in its history on Wednesday downing Italian champion Juventus 1-0 to boost its chances of reac...
SOCCER
Third-division Iroditos punished heavily after fan death
Greek third division team Irodotos has been docked 15 points and ordered to play 10 matches behind closed doors following the death of an Ethnikos Piraeus supporter, the Hellenic Football Fe...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Careful what you wish for
Everyone is in a rush to become prime minister in this country, as if they have not learned a single thing from its political history. While still in opposition, PASOK’s George Papandreou ma...
EDITORIAL
Taking care of our key industry
It’s time to face facts: Tourism is the country’s heavy industry. The sector’s considerable contribution has served as a stabilizing factor for the local economy, essentially placing the cou...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Roberto´s heroics make Kasami´s goal count
2. Athens weighs its LNG and CNG options
3. Greece ranks among global leaders in tourism growth
4. Global oil price drop sends local fuel prices back to 2010 levels
5. Buy big house, become a citizen
6. Cyprus seeks EU response over Turkey´s EEZ violation
more news
Today
This Week
1. At least 11 banks to fail European stress tests, three in Greece, report says
2. Cyprus to block Turkey's EU talks after EEZ violation
3. EU’s Juncker wins Commission-team approval with investment vow
4. Juncker’s EU commission team set for parliamentary green light
5. Taprantzis resigns from privatization agency TAIPED
6. Fallen tree, smashup cause traffic jams in Athens
Today
This Week
1. Istanbul skyscraper casts shadow over Greece's banking ambitions
2. Coalition shooting itself in the foot
3. Greece’s closed society is central to its current malaise
4. Greece must stick to reforms, says Schaeuble
5. The past, present and future of the Greek debt crisis
6. Samaras’s crumbling Greek exit lacks backing from economists
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.