Row breaks out between parliamentary workers and ex-speaker

Row breaks out between parliamentary workers and ex-speaker

The Union of Parliamentary Employees on Friday asked for former House speaker Zoe Constantopoulou to retract disparaging remarks she made about the performance of certain parliamentary workers who worked under her.

The workers responded to the former speaker’s comments with a statement in which they claimed that during her tenure, a number of employees were hired on short-term contracts to work on a committee formed by Constantopoulou to examine Greece’s debt, but were never paid.

They also accused the ex-speaker, who left the ruling SYRIZA party ahead of September’s general elections, of trying to “cover up the huge management shortage Parliament experienced during her tenure.”

The row started after current House Speaker Nikos Voutsis said that the workers would be getting their overdue pay.

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