ATHENS – Bowing to pressure, Greek Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is rethinking his decision that 15 percent of Greek workers should be declared unfit for duty but is continuing to go after municipal officials refusing to implement an evaluation plan.
Municipal officials in Halandri, Zografou, Nikaia, Larissa and Patra are facing possible legal action after refusing to cooperate with the coalition government headed by Prime Minister and New Democracy Conservative leader Antonis Samaras.
Greece is trying to meet demands by international lenders to pare the public workforce and to evaluate civil servants by performance to identify those who are substandard.
But Mitsotakis drew the wrath of workers and unions when he said 15 percent would be deemed unsuitable even if they passed evaluations.
“The quota should have no place in the evaluation scheme,” Mitsotakis’s deputy Evi Christofilopoulou said.
But Mitsotakis already has sent to Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani reports by public administration inspectors on the five mayors who turned down the government’s request for data pertaining to the evaluation.
“We cannot selectively enforce the law. The inspectors did their best to come to an understanding with the inspected organizations, but some people seem to be refusing the obvious, which is the monitoring of law enforcement,” Mitsotakis said. “It’s now up to the judges,” he said.
Another 19 mayors, most of them affiliated with leftist opposition SYRIZA, have suggested they intend to boycott the checks.
Meanwhile, Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis said after an internal inspection to detect employees that have been hired on the basis of forged certificates that 63 were identified and 35 fired so far.