OPINION

Public sector favoritism

PASOK and Democratic Left, which complete the three-party coalition government led by New Democracy, insist that no civil servants should be fired as part of Greece?s efforts to cut back on state spending.

For the hundreds of thousands of private sector workers who lost their jobs because the state went bankrupt, however, their stance seems nothing short of hypocritical. It seems to them that those who are not a part of the clientelist state merit no kind of help. Beyond that, the denial and incompetence of the political leadership to rationalize the state and hold a proper evaluation of public sector workers? performance was the key cause of Greece?s economic collapse. It was this cowardice that led to inflated salaries in the civil service and, in turn, inflated taxes for private sector workers.

This craziness has to stop. The state needs to be slimmed down to the essential departments and services, to become efficient and to stop bleeding the private sector dry. At the end of the day, private sector workers have suffered the most even though they have rights too.