OPINION

Truth is the key to reforms

There is only one way for the government to deal with professional strongholds reacting to reforms outlined in Greece’s memorandum with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund: It needs to tell the people the truth about the country’s financial affairs. The people are mature enough to know about the privileges and payments enjoyed by many employees at certain state-owned enterprises. They understand that every million euros that is sunk into the ailing Hellenic Railways Organization is robbing them of better universities and hospitals. The ruling Socialists are certainly in a tight spot because many unions traditionally vote for them. However, the government needs to weigh the cost of upsetting them against the gains it will make from the majority, who understand that if the country continues to be held hostage by the unions, it will sink.