Greece?s sacred cows

The findings of public administration inspector Leandros Rakintzis who probed the accounts of the workers? union of the Public Power Corporation (GENOP), mark a very significant development.

That is first of all because the political system and the state have perhaps for the first time demonstrated to the world that they are not afraid of this powerful union, one of the most sacred cows in the years following the fall of Greece?s military dictatorship in 1973.

Secondly, it is because Rakintzis?s findings have exposed the deep hypocrisy of unionists who, when speaking in public, fought against increases in electricity rates so as to defend the common good but, behind the scenes, did not hesitate to squander the resources of a public corporation.

If this country is to really change and move forward, it will have to cut the ties that bind political parties and governments with GENOP and other hardline union groups.

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