Greece OK’s 8100 for redeployment

Greek workers march in protest against massive job dismissals of public workers in Athens on July 16, 2013.

The Greek government has approved an additional 8,100 public workers to be put into a redeployment scheme as part of reforms required by its international creditors.

The announcement came on Monday and the affected workers are to become a part of a reserve, where they continue receiving part of their income however if they are not relocated within eight months, they will be laid off.

According to Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Minister of Administrative Reform, lists are being made with the names of the affected civil servants, based on the payrolls of the 17 governmental ministries. The lists are to be presented on September 20.

This is the second group of workers that have been put into the labor reserve; the first one in July included 4,400 teachers, school guards and janitors.

After the decision was presented, the Confederation of Public Servants (ADEDY) accused the Greek government of dismantling totally the public services, especially education, health and local administrations as well as putting into practice any demand set by the international creditors.

The countryâ„¢s unions have called for protests, with a 24-hour strike in the administration set for August 29 and a 48-hour strike beginning on the same day for medical workers.

The approval to add more public workers to the scheme came a day after Greeceâ„¢s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras called on his government to speed up the rate of austerity reforms.

Greece has been required by its international lenders, including the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to undertake certain measures in order to receive EUR 6.8 billion (USD 8.9 billion) in fresh aid.

By the end of this year, some 25,000 civil servants must be redeployed overall and an additional 4,000 fired in order for the country to receive the tranche in bailout rescue loans.

This is while the Greek economy is in its sixth year of recession due to fiscal mismanagement resulting in tax rises and spending cuts.

Greeceâ„¢s jobless rate stands at over 27 percent, which is more than double the eurozoneâ„¢s average reading of 12.1 percent, reflecting a deepening recession after years of austerity being imposed under the EU bailout plan.


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Republished from: Press TV