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Parliament denies holiday bonuses

Parliamentary employees will not receive an annual bonus, as some media have suggested, and their salaries have been reduced by up to 38 percent since last year, according a statement from the House?s press office on Sunday.

Parliament was inundated with calls on Friday after reports about end-of-year bonuses but Sunday?s statement insisted these were performance-related payments that were allowed under recent reforms to public sector pay.

The statement also underlined that the new wage structure meant that parliamentary employees, who number roughly 1,300, could not receive any other forms of supplementary pay.

Kathimerini reported on Saturday that a pot of 5.1 million euros has been set aside of performance-related pay but that it remains unclear how the employees will be assessed.