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Greece’s two-class society: civil servants still earn more than employees in the private sector

You will be very surprised to hear the average gross monthly salary in the Greek finance ministry the moment wages in the private sector cannot feed even a single household. Responding to a relevant question about the finance ministry budget expenses, finance minister Yiannis Stournaras revealed the salaries of the Greek chosen people.

For August, the average salary of a civil servant working at the Finance Ministry was

2,446.61 euro gross with an average net of 1,591.88 after deductions for social security, supplementary pension, pension, health coverage, income and solidarity tax.

The highest gross salary of 2,499 euro is for university graduates, the lowest is at 2.108 euro for high school graduates.

Let’s say that’s OK because finance ministry employees keep the keys of the country’s economic progress in their hands. And they should be awarded for that, even though a unified payroll for all civil servants was introduced two years ago.

Yet Stournaras was obliged to give more information on the income of those civil servants working for state institutions and governmental offices that burden directly the expenses budget of the Greek Finance ministry.

the average gross salary for these civil servants (whether permanent or temporary contacts) is 1,400 – 2,900 euro gross.

But a teacher paid by the Education ministry gets 950 euro gross (with 5 years experience), not to mention the doctors in the health care system.

The Greek state is keen to pretend ‘competitiveness’ when it comes to lower the minimum wage for the private sector at 580 euro gross, but it is still shameful generous when it comes to feed the civil servants in this two-class society. And here is to note, that when an employee (example: teacher, university graduate, 35, ) gets a new job as pizza boy or in super market or retail is being considered as “unskilled” and therefore is being paid with the minimum wage. Of course. it’s the times of austerity, recession and high unemployment.

More details on Stournaras’ salaries data here

PS there is no hope for this country

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  1. What does mr tsipras say about that?

  2. Private sector workers often complain that public sector workers make so much more than us and their benefits are so much better. Why don’t we ask instead why our wages and benefits are so bad and getting worse?