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ATHENS – Greece’s coalition government, despite resistance from some ministers, is getting ready to dismiss another 5,500 workers to meet demands from international lenders.

The firings have to take place by Dec. 31 to meet the guidelines set by the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) as part of austerity measures attached to two bailouts of 240 billion euros ($306 billion) that began in 2010.

Sources told Kathimerini that Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is meeting resistance from cabinet colleagues and will probably have ask Prime Minister and New Democracy Conservative leader Antonis Samaras and his coalition partner, PASOK Socialist chief and Deputy Premier/Foreign Minister  Evangelos Venizelos to intervene.

Some 2,000 administrative staff, 1,800 contract workers, 850 Transport Ministry employees and civil servants found guilty of offenses are set to make up the 5,500 the government has to find.

The post Greece Will Fire 5,500 More Workers appeared first on The National Herald.

Source: The National Herald
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