The Greek government is prepared to introduce an amendment that will allow thousands of municipal contract workers to be hired on a permanent basis via the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP), Minister of State Christoforos Vernardakis said on Monday.
The amendment was passed in Parliament before the Christmas recess whereby tens of thousands of contract workers at municipalities across Greece whose contracts had expired, could be hired on a permanent basis.
Vernardakis spoke to aftodioikisi.gr where he announced the amendment on Monday, saying that about 10,000 municipal workers such as cleaner and child care center attendants previously on contract, will now be hired.
However, the proposal raised concern among financial authorities, who fear that the hirings could throw off the budget and ultimately pave the way for further austerity measures.
If municipal authorities refuse to hire the workers based on the fact that the Council of Auditors has not approved funding, Vernardakis said that they will be in violation of the law.
The Council of Auditors is objecting to the amendment, on the grounds that the extension of contracts without its approval is unconstitutional.