Friday May 29, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Greek coalition fears fallout from sacking civil servants

Greece is hoping that the quicker-than-expected departure of civil servants from the public sector will help convince visiting troika officials that there is no need for the coalition to sack public sector workers in the coming months.

Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis met Tuesday to discuss the government’s position on the downsizing of the public sector.

Leading officials from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund are due to hold talks with the two ministers on Sunday and Monday to discuss civil servant numbers.

The coalition is worried about having to sack public sector workers as it fears the backlash from unions and society given that unemployment is at 27 percent. There is also concern that such a move could destabilize the coalition. Fotis Kouvelis, the leader of junior coalition partner Democratic Left, is strongly opposed to firing bureaucrats.

However, Athens is concerned that the troika, particularly the IMF, will pressure Greece to commit to specific steps to reducing the number of bureaucrats ahead of a decision next month by the Euro Working Group to reduce the final sub-tranche of 2.8 billion euros from the latest bailout installments.

In a TV interview on Monday night, Stournaras admitted that the firing of civil servants could not be ruled out. SYRIZA accused the government of backtracking on its pledge not to.

The Greek government is going to defend its position not to proceed with direct sackings in the public sector by arguing that civil servant numbers are falling faster than expected thanks to early retirements and the non-renewal of contracts. Sources said that as many as 37,000 workers left the civil service last year when the target was to reduce the amount of bureaucrats by about 20,000.

Responding to a question in Parliament, Manitakis said that between February 29 and October 1 last year, 17,756 employees exited the public sector and less than 4,000 were hired. He said that the total number of Greeks employed in the civil service stood at 667,733 as of October. Greece has agreed with the troika that by the end of 2014 it will employ 150,000 fewer civil servants than in 2010.

The government also believes that a mobility scheme for 25,000 civil servants and the redrawing of organizational structures at ministries will also help bring public sector worker numbers down.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday February 26, 2013 (20:25)  
Greece, creditors seek breakthrough as clock runs down
Coast Guard officials linked to migrant traffickers
Civil aviation union cancels action on minister’s pledge
4.2-magnitude quake strikes off Crete
Greek credit contraction amounted to 2.4 pct in April
Credit expansion remained in negative territory last month as it contracted by 2.4 percent in April, according to data released on Friday by the Bank of Greece. In March the decline had come...
Export-oriented firms benefit from euro rate
The favorable shift in the exchange rate of the euro against the US dollar has led to the creation of two categories among Greek listed companies, as those who export their products to dolla...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Wemmer pens three-year deal with Panathinaikos
German defender Jens Wemmer has signed a three-year contract for an undisclosed sum with Panathinaikos, the Greek Super League club announced on Friday. Right-back Wemmer, 29, has been playi...
SOCCER
Panathinaikos conquers PAOK through Tavlaridis goal
A Stathis Tavlaridis goal has brought Panathinaikos to practically within one point from clinching a spot in next season’s Champions League qualifiers, as the Greens made it three out of thr...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Zenobia, Barbara, Christine and the general’s daughter
ATHENS – Lovely Palmyra has fallen to the zombie horde and its people are being slaughtered as the ancient city awaits its fate. It is Friday, May 22, 2015, and from my window I see the end-...
INTERVIEW
The eurozone’s ‘ambiguous’ architecture
“That’s not something you’re supposed to say in public, right?” In his humble way, Thomas Sargent, Nobel Prize winner in Economics, tries to avoid the question posed to him by Kathimerini re...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Wemmer pens three-year deal with Panathinaikos
2. Greek credit contraction amounted to 2.4 pct in April
3. Export-oriented firms benefit from euro rate
4. VAT hike would put several Athens hotels at risk
5. ATHEX: May ends with a rise of 0.3 pct
6. Greece, creditors seek breakthrough as clock runs down
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece creditors say no deal near as G-7 frustration vented
2. Only Greece can end its miserable 'Groundhog Day'
3. Next Greek aid program isn’t on table yet, says Moscovici
4. 12 Russians injured in lightning strike at ruins on Crete
5. Some blame EU Commission for Greek obstinacy in debt talks
6. The eurozone’s ‘ambiguous’ architecture
Today
This Week
1. Hotel contracts with a ‘Greek default clause’
2. Some 300 mln left banks on Tuesday
3. Neither Grexit nor a dual currency will solve Greece’s problems
4. No more 'quick and dirty' fixes for Greece
5. Romantic notions meet reality
6. Tsipras faces down radicals within SYRIZA over terms of deal
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.