Crisis: Greece; 380 municipal agencies facing the chop

20 January, 14:45

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, JANUARY 20 - In Greece up to 380 municipal enterprises and agencies face "sudden death" - and having their staffs fired - unless they forward data about themselves and who they employ to the interior ministry within the next 15 days, as daily Eleftherotypia online reports.

    Speaking to a private TV station, Deputy Interior Minister Leonidas Grigorakos (Pasok) said that the completion of a state-wide census of municipal bodies was supposed to have been completed in the last two months of 2013. "Whoever has not been enumerated in the census will be fired. Of the 750 (bodies in existence), only 361 have participated in the census. As for the rest, the minister and the cabinet decided Wednesday that if they don't register within 15 days, they won't be regarded as existing. So what will happen? There are 12,815 employees in these agencies and half - 5,464 - have been registered. They haven't replied. We will apply the uniform pay scale for the public service and we will tell them 'you are not being paid'. We want to see who works for the municipalities and what work they do." Grigorakos said there were organisations like Patras Municipal Development Enterprise that has five employees and a board of nine. "There are many such cases. These companies are nonexistent and this situation cannot continue." Under its agreement with the troika, the government is required to complete the second wave of dismissals to remove 12,500 employees from the public sector and to make 11,000 additional firings by the end of the year. It is believed that most of the firings will be from municipal development companies, charitable, cultural and sporting organisations, radio stations and theatres. About 6,000 people are employed in organisations like these around the country, and about 4,000 will be included in the second wave of so-called mobility.


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