Greece’s June target of 2,000 civil service redundancies may be flexible

Greece may not have to sack 2,000 civil servants by the end of June, as previously thought, but its commitment to remove 4,000 by this year and 15,000 by the end of 2015 still stands.

The final version of Greece’s memorandum of understanding with the troika, made public on Friday, does not refer to a fixed number that have to be fired by the end of next month. In total, Greece must reduce its civil service from 727,458 people in 2012 to 624,000 in 2016 to meet the troika’s targets.

There could be dismissals at the Tourism Ministry after a recent spot check revealed several employees were absent without proper leave. Of 214 employees, 114 were absent, although many had Easter leave.