ATHENS – Greek public sector workers who can’t do their jobs and fail evaluations won’t be fired or have further pay cuts but will undergo re-training.
That’s under a guarantee given them by the government although it’s under pressure from international lenders to reduce the workforce.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ coalition administration of his New Democracy Conservatives and its partner the PASOK Socialists put it in writing in a bill sent to Parliament and intended to defuse objections from PASOK which wanted assurances failing workers wouldn’t lose their positions even if they couldn’t do the work.
The government is planning evaluations of workers but didn’t explain why if no one will be fired for failing how that would cut the workforce beyond attrition, although officials said they’d take another try at getting rid of disciplinary cases and people who rarely come to work or don’t come at all and still get paid.
The line that was due to be inserted into the draft law was expected to say that “No employee will be fired based on their evaluation, nor will they suffer a wage reduction or any other negative consequences with regards to their work.”
The clause was to be inserted after complaints by the civil servants’ union, ADEDY, and PASOK. Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis insists that 15 percent of those evaluated should be deemed below standard even if they aren’t, but none will be fired anyway under the measure.
However, as a result of the complaints he received, the government has agreed that the civil servants will be given extra training or moved to other positions if they are found to be falling short of expectations. He didn’t say what would happen if they fail there as well.
ADEDY instructed its members on May 13 to refuse to take part in the assessment process and still hasn’t withdrawn its objection although the government can do the evaluations without the workers’ consent or participation.