Deadline for municipalities to name staff to be made redundant

Municipalities face a Monday deadline to provide to the government the names of staff that should be placed in a redundancy scheme as part of efforts to reduce civil servant numbers in line with the demands of Greece’s EU-IMF bailout.

The Administrative Reform Ministry has said it will use the details of a 2010 census of public sector staff to make employees redundant if municipalities do not cooperate.

The union representing local authority workers, POE-OTA, has pledged a range of protest action, including sit-ins at town halls, to protest the firings.

Nursery schools and Citizens’ Information Centers (KEP) could also be affected by the action.

The municipal council in Patra voted for a three-day strike in opposition to employees’ redundancies.