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Why Do I Never See a Civil Servant When I Go to a Public Service? (video)

Greece, the well known proud but broke country, has a total number of 665,740 civil servants.  According to latest data published by Minister for Administrative Refort Antonis Manitakis as of July 19th 2012 the total number of public servants was 665,740. This number referred to employees at the state, state organisations and the municipalities (certain grades).

Permanent staff (judicial staff and public servants): 574,556.
Employees with indefinite time work contracts: 54,906
Employees with fixed time work contracts: 31,148
Employees with “Contract work” (people hire to complete one task only): 4419
Employees working on hourly or daily basis contracts: 711

For those who would complain now “If there’re so many Greek civil servants why I don’t get the proper service I need”, here is a video explaining why.

Please, notice. This is a German video 🙂 – Voice saying: Excuse me? Can you help me?”

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Really mean Greeks claim that a Greek civil servant would not even bother to hide… He/she just remains seated and keeps scratching his nose or keeps talking on the phone.

BTW: I did not undertstand exactly how many people work for the Greek state. And I didn’t understand either whether employees at state-run enterprises (DEKO) like electricity, water, train etc companies are included in this numbers or not.

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  1. How disgusting to target a group of workers that bear on their shoulders such a huge weight of the Greek economy. The total number of public employees in Greece is LESS than the majority of the other EU countries, it stands at less than 11% of the total labour force.

    State companies are businesses that pay their employees from the income they derive from their operations: the public employees are not paid by the state but the PROFITABLE sale of goods.

    Some informed presentation of facts would be greatly appreciated.

    • Surely, you are being deviously ironic here…
      The number of state employees is in fact totally irrelevant. Just because France or whoever has x-amount, doesn’t mean that Greece therefore must have the same percentage or higher or lower? It just doesn’t relate to each other, simple as that.
      What is important here is the quality of the service provided by the civil servants.
      Would you like to try the comment again from that perspective?

    • Reminds of the Irish Public Service. But at least they did accomplish something in the end.

      Q. How many Public Servants does it take to change a light bulb?

      A. 5

      Q. Why so many?

      A. 2 to hold the ladder, 1 to be on the ladder, 1 to bring the light globe and take it out of the package, and 1 to hand it to the one on the ladder.

      • This all takes 30 minutes.
        And costs 37,50€
        Because if one calculates 5 x 15€ per hour = 75€ / 2 = 37.50€
        Oops, in Greece you add another 30 minutes for the Frappe and Tsigaro ke erhome se ligo.
        So it costs 75,00€

      • keeptalkinggreece

        In Greece you’d need 10 : 1 to bring ladder etc and change the bulb and 9 to look at.