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15,000 Layoffs in Greek Public Sector, Who Gets Cut?

Public Sector Employees
Yesterday, Minister of Administrative Reform Kyriakos Mitsotakis held a meeting with Greece’s Troika of international lenders.
The issue of redundancies in the public sector was the leading topic of conversation. Minister Mitsotakis analyzed the timetable for the implementation of the memorandum’s call for 15,000 layoffs in 2014-2015.
There are 5,500 redundancies that still need to be addressed before the end of 2014. Reportedly, an extension has been granted into the first two months of 2015. These cuts will come from the following sectors:
• 850 employees from organizations belonging to the Ministry of Infrastructure
• 150 employees from organizations belonging to the Rural Development Ministry
• 90 employees from organizations belonging to the Ministry of Culture
The remaining 2,610 layoffs required to meet the 15,000 benchmark will be derived from the following circumstances:
• Audits conducted for examining illegal conversions of fixed-term contracts into permanent ones
• Hearings of disciplinary cases
• Audits carried out by the Public Administration Board to identify employees who have been working with false certificates
• Those who are part of the availability and mobility scheme who will be unable to move to another department in the public sector until the end of their eight-month stay in the program

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