ATHENS – State inspectors are to begin checking how thousands of people working in the public sector had their fixed-term contracts switched to open-ended deals in the years before the economic crisis struck Greece.
Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has given instructions for employees who fall into this category and work at the Culture Ministry or any of the country’s 10 biggest municipalities to be the first to be assessed. These local authorities include the City of Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Patra and Larissa.
The public administration inspectors, a body known by its acronym SEEDD in Greek, will check the credentials of some 5,300 civil servants during the first wave of inspections.
If bureaucrats are found to have been moved to open-ended contracts illegally during the imminent checks, they run the risk of losing their jobs. Greece has to fire 6,500 civil servants by the end of the year. Mitsotakis is in a feud with the PASOK Socialists, who are partners in the coalition government led by Prime Minister and New Democracy Conservative leader Antonis Samaras. PASOK is resisting plans to put more people into the so-called mobility scheme at further reduced pay with the prospect of being fired if another position can’t be found for them.