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Civil Servants in Greece launch 24-hour strike, Nov 14/2018

Public sector union ADEDY will launch a 24-hour strike on Wednesday, November 14th 2018. The planned protest rally to the Greek Parliament will disrupt traffic in downtown Athens. The union demands pay raise as well as increase of pensions. Both have been reduced several times since the bailout agreements in …

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PM Tsipras explains how to finance salaries of 10K priest and 10K civil servants

The announcement that 10,000 new civil servants will be hired after 10,000 priest will be removed from the state payroll has created a lot of confusion. How will Tsipras will finance the wages for so many civil servants if the state will keep subsidizing the priests wages? In an interview …

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Austerity cuts: Tsipras to return €820mn to special categories of civil servants

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced that certain groups of civil servants will receive retroactive a total of €820 million net for wage cuts during the economic crisis and the bailout agreements. The total amount is €1.4 billion gross including taxes, social security and pension contributions. The money will be paid …

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10,000 priests go from Greek state payroll, 10,000 civil servants come

“The agreement between the State and the Church frees 10,000 jobs for civil servants,” government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos told reporters during a regular press briefing on Wednesday. “This gives the opportunity to cover these places with the hiring of civil servants to cover needs of the social state, by hiring …

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Greece’s priests declare “Holy War” for losing civil servant status

Priests are fuming over the change of their labor status that was announced on Tuesday after a meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and leader of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Ieronymos. According to the joint declaration of the Greek State and the powerful Greek Church, priests will no longer …

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Police, Justice top Corruption Report 2017 by Greek Police and TI

Greece’s ranking on Transparency International list of corruption has improved in “Corruption Perception Index 2017” when the country ranked on position 59/180 and score 48/100 behind Saudi Arabia and Jordan. In 2016 Greece was holding position 69. According to survey findings, complains about instances of corruption decreased by 8.5% in …

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Greece considers buying civil servants’ red loans from the banks, says Economy Minister

The Greek state is considering to buy private red loans from banks at the prices they would sell to collections companies or hedge funds. This was stated by Economy and Development Minister, Dimitris Papadimitriou, in response to a question by opposition MP, Odysseas Konstantinopoulos (PASOK). The MP wanted to know …

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Protest Day: Policemen, Firefighters, Coast Guards, Civil Servants & Public Transport workers

Unionists from Greek Police, Fire Brigades and Coast Guard gathered outside the Defense Ministry on Tuesday morning and demanded from Minister Panos Kammenos to implement previous court decisions, restore wage cuts and avoid further cuts on special payrolls. They also ask that the Defense ministry allocates resources also for Police, …

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Erdogan turns Coup crackdown into Witch Hunt

The moment Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was waiting for: to have the chance put all his real and fictive enemies in a bag and throw them in the water – in prison, in this case. Whether moderate Islam supporters of his ex mentor Preacher & Scholar Fettulah Gulen, whether …

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UPD Greece’s public sector: Education Ministry plans exams to “legalize” 2,500 fake high-school certificates

Sometimes I really fail to understand the logic of this government. Greek Education Ministry plans to “legalize” 2,500 fake high-school degrees obtained by civil servants. “we have looked into the issue and have found them [2,500 fake school degrees],” a “source” told  Avgi, a daily close to SYRIZA. The source …

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No Grexit, No Grexident. The IOUs are coming…!?

Forget the Grexit, the Grexident and the Drachma scenarios. They are out! The 20-April-bankruptcy script writers have invented a new solution: something like a parallel currency. No, not the older scenario option of using Drachma nationally and the Euro internationally. Something new: the IOUS! A form of alternative mean of …

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Employees at Financial Crimes Units, FinMinistry and Bank of Greece arrested for blackmailing businessman

Two Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) employees, a Finance Ministry employee and an employee in the Bank of Greece were arrested in Athens on Monday over bribery and extortion charges, the Greek police department announced on Tuesday. According to a statement released on Tuesday, the case involved a 68-year-old accountant, her …

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5,620 civil servants transferred abroad €1.5billion amid the crisis

Yeap! Our Greek civil servants earn good and apparently save even better! 5,620 government employees transferred a total of 1.45 billion euro to financial institutions abroad and thus amid the crisis. According to data released by the Ministry of Public Administration the average amount sent abroad was 270,000 euro, while …

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Inspections reveal civil servants with fake or forged high school diplomas

If nothing else worth exporting,  we are at least a country that produces laughter. Controls conducted by the Ministry of Administrative Reform reportedly revealed that a good number of civil servants had submitted fake or forged diplomas either during the recruitment or during the promotion process. 10% of the controlled …

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