Troika Wants Names, Numbers of Fired

Greek Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis

In another sign of distrust, Greece’s international lenders have reportedly demanded that the government produce the names of the 2,000 workers who are expected to be laid off by the end of the year, and eventually fired, according to the German news magazine Der Spiegel.

The workers are expected to be put on 75 percent of their already-reduced pay for a year before being let go, and the Troika is pressing for scores of thousands of more firings and some 27,000 are expected to be laid off by the end of next year.

Der Spiegel reported that, despite delays, Greece is expected to get a $38.8 billion installment because the government was able to get a $17.45 billion spending cut and tax hike plan passed that includes the layoffs.

Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis denied the report but earlier told Parliament at one point that the firings were unconstitutional and Greek courts have raised doubts as well since workers are guaranteed lifetime jobs under the Constitution. Manitakis said those who had committed egregious offenses could be let go, the tack that the Samaras government is planning.

Der Spiegel said it got the information from a government clerk who was in a position to know.  A labor union representative who was not named was said to confirm the report. If it turns out correct there is expected to be further resistance and doubt in Greece over the Troika’s sincerity in wanting to help Greece or push it toward a Eurozone exit by using those tactics, although the lenders have said they want to avoid that.