OPINION

Protecting those who protect us

Greece?s coalition government must do all in its power to protect the salaries of our police officers and military personnel who serve in crucial posts in the interests of public safety and national defense.

The wages of the police and the armed forces have already been seriously reduced as a result of the government?s austerity measures and many of these people have to eke out a living near the poverty line.

And this at a time when the cash-strapped country is having to deal with the huge challenges stemming from years of unchecked illegal immigration and soaring crime.

It is very upsetting to think that these people, who are out on the streets, exposed to all sorts of risks, or stationed on remote Aegean islands to protect the country, are in fact paid much less than many other civil servants and public utility (DEKO) employees who spend most of their time safely ensconced at an office desk.

This is an unfair situation that must be redressed as soon as possible.