The political scenery regarding the dismissals in the public sector seems to be a bit messy. The Minister of Administrative Reform Kyriakos Mitsotakis issued an announcement in order to refute a recent publication according which, the closure of 800 bodies in the public sector will bring 30,000 suspensions.
As it was stressed by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the majority of the civil servants, whose bodies will be merged or abolished, will be transferred to other positions in the public sector, in order for their qualifications and skills to respond to the actual needs of the public sector.
Moreover, he characterizes the publication as misleading, stressing that it creates confusion to thousands of civil servants.
He explains once more that “the relevant commitments undertaken by Greece since 2012 involve the mobility of 25,000 civil servants in 2013. No other mobility scheme is included in the commitment of Greece for the following years.”
But Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks about layoffs, in an interview to the Belgian newspaper “La Libre Belgique.”
Troika wants the suspension of 25,000 civil servants. Half of them should be suspended immediately and the rest by the 31st of December 2013. Another 15,000 layoffs should be realized by 2014.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis explains with absolute cynicism:
“The Greek government is working for a new recruitment for every dismissal. Troika’s logic is that dismissals are a tool of the renewal of human resources. I didn’t sign this agreement, I inherited it, therefore, I have to apply it. The dismissals will be made. This is a commitment. The public servants with disciplinary sanctions should leave. The public enterprises will close. Those who are not protected by the capacity of the public sector employee will lose their jobs. It is somewhat like the application of a martial law. It is difficult and painful for a society with more than a million unemployed people, coming from the private sector. The Greek society accepts it, as long as these dismissals are a result of evaluation and will lead to an improvement of the public administration.”
“Today we have 130,000 civil servants less, in comparison to 2009 and the cost of the public services has also significantly declined,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis states, underlying that there is much to be done, regarding their effectiveness.
In referance to the efforts to combat the customer relationships, the minister of administrative reform highlights that recruitment is no longer made without competition, and the selection of executives based on their skills.