State sector reforms currently being implemented by the conservative-led coalition government should have been carried out a long time ago – and officials shouldn’t need the troika inspectors breathing down their necks to spur them to action.
Everyone – and this also goes for the government’s fiercest critics – knows that there is no other path for the debt-wracked state. It would be a grave mistake to once again obstruct national efforts for a public sector overhaul with opt-outs and delays.
Every snag and every turnaround mean extra cost for the already-strained Greek taxpayer. Society can no longer afford to maintain a pool of essentially redundant or simply lazy civil servants. Similarly, it is unfair that hardworking civil servants get paid peanuts because they have to share the budget with their counterproductive peers.