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Govt and troika crunch public service numbers

Agreement on 12,500 of 15,000 public workers to be placed on mobility scheme

One in three of the public-sector to be placed on the so-called mobility scheme will be teachers

Municipal workers argue with the police outside the administrative reform ministry where officials were holding talks with the troika, 5 July 2013 (Reuters) Municipal workers argue with the police outside the administrative reform ministry where officials were holding talks with the troika, 5 July 2013 (Reuters) At least one in three public employees to be placed on a transfer scheme that could see them dismissed from their jobs will be teachers, according to details emerging from the talks between the government and the troika.

The semiofficial Athens News Agency says that 5,000 teachers, 3,500 municipal police officers, 2,500 education ministry employees and 1,500 civil servants from other departments in the transfer programme will be included in the so-called mobility programme.

This amounts to 12,500 of the 15,000 public sector workers who must be dismissed by the end of 2014 under an agreement with the troika.

Under the original mobility scheme, workers selected the transfer would earn reduced pay for a period and face being laid off if vacant spots are not found in the broader public sector.

This transfer period was to last for a year, but now the administrative reform minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has proposed reducing it to 6-9 months in exchange for a three-month extension in which to implement the mobility scheme.

Reports suggest that the municipal police will be offered positions in the regular police force.

In addition, 3,500 workers in municipalities and in organisations under the authority cultural ministry who once had fixed-term employment contracts are also expected be included in the transfer programme. Although their contracts have expired, they continue in their positions on the basis of a court injunction.

Also likely to be included are those staff from the national broadcaster ERT who will not be hired at the planned replacement station Nerit.

On Thursday, the finance minister said he expected an agreement with the troika to be reached on Monday. The troika has said that a deal is required before it can unlock a further €8.1bn in loans. 

Jeers

Meanwhile, talks are continuing between government ministers and officials and the representatives.

Troika inspectors were jeered by municipal workers as they left a Friday morning at the administrative reform ministry.

The debt inspectors are scheduled to hold talks the Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and the central Bank of Greece governor Yiorgos Provopoulos to discuss the recapitalisation of the country's banks. 

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