The statement of Development Minister Costis Chatzidakis is not even cynical. It simply demonstrates the inability of the Greek government to proceed to so-called needed ’structural reforms’ and lay-off the civil servants who break the law, are incapable or were hired as a political favoritism.
Speaking to German daily “DIE WELT“, Chatzidakis admitted that the government put a padlock to Greece’s public broadcaster ERT just to please the country’s lenders, the Troika, demanding 4,000 lay-offs until the end of the year.
Chatzidakis blamed the former Minister of Administrative Reform, Anthonis Manitakis (from ex coalition junior partner Democratic Left) for the delays in lay-offs.
“There was no other choice than the sudden death of public television,” Chatzidakis told Die Welt, adding that “the closure showed the government’s determination to solve problems in Greece, although the political cost was high.”
If the truth was so simple, then why did Samaras and his advisers defame all the ERT personnel as “centre of corruption?” in an unprecedented case of propaganda?
Fact is that three weeks after the sudden death of ERT on 11. June 2013, Greeks are still deprived of public radio and television. PM Samaras and Finance Minister Stournaras still do not abide with the decision of the Council of State to restore the frequencies on television screens. New appointed ERT-minister Kapsis has not found any solution so far as his proposals to [fired] ERT personnel are vague and demonstrate lack of a serious solution scheme.
A dialogue between the minister and personnel is performed half-hearted. Samaras has taken the decision to shut down ERT, its closure is a fact. Now a temporary institution should be established until the new ERT “NERIT” is ready to go on air.
Government offer: ERT personnel accept their dismissal, get compensation. 2,000 from a total of 2,6565 people sign two months work contracts with much lower wages and work for the transition ERT. They can apply to the new NERIT that should have a total of some 1,200 personnel.
ERT personnel: want clarification and assurance that they will maintain their labor rights and guarantee that they could receive unemployment allowance.
If ERT personnel accepts dismissal, compensation and two-months contracts with lower wages, if they don’t get hired to NERIT, they will have probably abolish their labor right to get unemployment allowance.
it’s the usual tactics of gaining time and turn the temporary into permanent. Typical Greek strategy.
Fact is also that Nea Dimocratia continues to put the all blame on the fired ERT personnel.
Samaras’ aide Lazarides told private Mega TV, that the black on screens is due to ERT personnel that has occupied the headquarters.
The ‘best’ and most illogical justification was spoken by he, himself personally, the Prime Minister:
“All those who governed made mistakes with ERT. PASOK and ND appointed people, but mostly people from the left [sic!]. The new public television will be away from partisan influences and will be staffed with meritocracy criteria. And to close the issue of sinful ERT…. you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.” (Antonis Samaras on 29. June during ND congress)
BTW: Without junior partner Democratic Left, I am curious, who will be blamed for any ‘reforms’ delays.
More on ERT here
PS Attack is the best way to defend the things one cannot defend