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Gov’t tells civil servants to forget about work-to-rule

The government has indicated that it will sack any civil servants that take part in a work-to-rule protest over cuts to their benefits and extension to their working hours.

In an apparent attempt to head off a dispute with public employees, government spokesman Ilias Mosialos said on Thursday that it would take action if there is a go slow protest.

His comments came after the head of the civil servants? union (ADEDY) Spyros Papaspyrou said that members would react to continuing salary and benefit cuts and the lengthening of their working week from 37.5 hours to 40. He indicated that employees at tax offices might stop collecting taxes after a certain hour each day.

?It will be to the detriment of the Greek people if they do not collect taxes, if the public sector does not work properly or if a public servant does not perform his function because his benefits are reduced,? said Mosialos.