Government looking to phase out contract cleaners

A committee will be set up to assess the cost of cleaning public buildings with the aim of hiring permanent staff to undertake the task from next year rather than using private contractors, sources have told Kathimerini.

The government recently passed legislation to rehire dozens of cleaners sacked from their jobs at the Finance Ministry by the previous coalition. Their tasks were taken on by a private firm. The SYRIZA-led administration now appears to want to phase out the use of these companies in favor of in-house cleaners.

Alternate Minister for Administrative Reform Giorgos Katrougalos has issued a circular instructing ministries to renew any cleaners’ contracts ending this year, pending the conclusions reached by the committee.

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