Contract staff get stability

Public sector workers who have been employed on short-term contracts for at least two years are to be awarded permanent posts, Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Civil Servants’ Union (ADEDY) President Spyros Papaspyros agreed on Saturday. According to the agreement – a breakthrough for more than 200,000 contract workers – the transformation of contracts from fixed to open will be carried out directly and not on the basis of the current point-awarding system, which will continue to apply for workers not covered by a presidential decree due to be issued at the end of May. Employees who have 24 months of experience will be eligible regardless of whether they work full or part time, while it will be acceptable for them to have had breaks of up to three months between contracts. Also eligible for permanency will be workers on contracts due to expire up to two months before the expected publication of the presidential decree in the Government Gazette on June 10.

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