Scared off by the unions

The ugly posturing and the public language used by GENOP, the powerful union that represents the interests of Public Power Corporation workers, is indicative of the way in which different vested interest groups have influenced the governance of the country over the past 30 years. (A recent investigation found that PPC?s management had been illegally funding the union for years and that much of this money was squandered on perks for its members.)

This is more or less the way in which Greece?s unionists have effectively managed to impose their agenda on most other public corporations. Their bullying tactics further resemble those of the leaders of university student parties, better known here as ?foititopateres,? in their efforts to get their own way in these institutions

The good thing, of course, is that ordinary people have finally had firsthand experience of these groups? dodgy techniques. One hopes that our politicians will not be intimidated by the noisy unionists that are seeking to safeguard their unjustified privileges.

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