Skip to comments.Greece starts firing civil servants for first time in a century
Posted on 04/27/2013 4:18:29 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
The Greek government began its first mass-firing of public-sector workers in more than 100 years this week, part of an effort to lay off 180,000 by 2015 under Europe-imposed austerity.
Pushed by its European creditors amid its crippling economic crisis, Greece began this week to do something it hasn't done in more than 100 years: fire public-sector workers en masse.
Following weeks of tough negotiations with its lenders the "troika" of the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and the European Central Bank the Greek government started laying off public-sector workers in an effort to implement the austerity that the troika has demanded. The first two civil servants were let go on Wednesday under a new law that speeds up the process one, a policeman, for stealing debit cards, and the other for 110 days of unexcused absence.
The mass layoffs were announced last week in a televised address by the Greek prime minister himself, Antonis Samaras. Despite the massive unemployment in Greece, the goal of the government has become the laying off of 180,000 civil servants by 2015. This is not a human sacrifice," said Prime Minister Samaras. Its an upgrading of the public sector and its one demand of Greek society.
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How could such a small country have so many civil servants? There will still be more left working after firing 180,000.
I may just take my next vacation in Athens so's I can watch.
Ya better hurry before they burn it down!
if only we truly felt their pain.. sadly, for them and us, it may all be too late anyway to avoid the abyss of a global blobocracy run amuck
People have been trying to burn it down for centuries.
Ironically, it may be union thugs and government employees who ultimately get the job done on the "Cradle of Democracy".
I may just take my next vacation in Athens so’s I can watch.
LOL. Well you can expect long flight delays at the Athens airport.
People have repeatedly burned it down, and it still emerges from the ashes, maybe because marble doesn’t burn. Civil servants, however, do eventually devour their host.
We have IED's now.
I’m not sure which is more baffling; the fact that they have never once laid off a civil servant or the fact that 110 days of unexcused absence hadn’t let to termination before this.
I'd pretty much think that would be a "fireable offense" even for a public sector job.
And at the American airport when leaving.
Don’t interrupt your Athens vacation because I don’t think that Washington D.C. will shed their dead weight anytime soon.
The US government has become dead weight.
All the more reason for the 2nd amendment.
What a novel concept. Maybe WA DC should consider...
Nice to see a little good news coming out of Greece
those layoffs amd firings are still 180,000 family and individual tragedies
“those layoffs amd firings are still 180,000 family and individual tragedies”
Right you are. I don’t like it when certain Freepers insist on treating all public sector workers as if they are lepers and less than human beings with families and friends, just like private sector workers have. In fact such callous disregard makes me sick. There are public sector cops, military, health workers, teachers, etc. just trying to get by in life like anyone else, and when some Freepers paint with a broad brush they do a disservice to themselves and others with their mean spiritedness. Not particularly Christian in attitude.
I don’t understand the vicious and visceral hatred of all public workers. There are an over abundance of public workers that needs paring down, but one doesn’t have to be joyful at their loss of work and livelihood. It could happen to anyone, public or private sector. Go after the politicians, almost all liberals, who create such situations in the first place and the Union bosses who manipulate their union underlings to keep their own power and take their money to live high off the hog with so they can be just like the corporate elites they bad mouth. And then go after the Wall Street elites who thrive while Main Street suffers. There are plenty of people to go after without attacking the average worker bee out there, public or private.
He's put on PAID leave, pending an "investigation", which finds him not guilty. Courtesy of the union.
Ditto public school teachers, ditto mayors, ditto pretty much 95% of "public servants" who get caught doing rotten, illegal acts that would land a regular citizen in the pokey for a LONG time.
You're correct that not all public sector folks are bad. It's just that we see so much corruption. On a daily basis. Like the woman in California who's contract stipulates that she MUST be the highest paid employee in the county. 400K per year is just not ENOUGH for her. She wants MORE.
I DO like my postman, but he's a pretty stand-up guy.
“I DO like my postman, but he’s a pretty stand-up guy.”
There are plenty of stand-up guys and gals out there. Unfortunately, you only hear about the bad ones. The MSM thrives on rotten news and bad behavior, not the good.
He's in the Dreaded Private Sector (technically signed by Milhous in 1970).
I know of a guy at USC down here who barely shows up at all to his job, if he does expect some lights to be turned on at most. The guy has vandalized at least one VIP’s car on the property and all he had to do was pay for damages. The guy is very unremarkable in every way but somehow he is immune to the effects of what he does. It has been going on for years. While I was there (another department) I got nothing but grief and misery trying to efficient, competent, and keep up with the ever changing whims of the hag that ran the place. She left a while back for TD Bank. I feel sort of sorry for TD. What little contract work I did for them, I liked the people I ran into generally.
Another open secret at another state agency is an entrenched manager that openly sleeps on the back dock a lot in plain view or in his office and has for many years. He must have something good on someone or a friend in a really high place.
Its not hard to understand. The private sector contributes heavily to pay for health insurance and retirement. The public sector doesn't. The private sector also gets to pay for the public sector. The public sector then gets all sorts of protections and special treatments. Maybe John Edwards was right, there really are two Americas. The public and private sectors. Throw in the unions and you have the trifecta.
“I dont understand the vicious and visceral hatred of all public workers. “
Ask yourself what private employee is paid with funds that are source from money taken by force from private citizens.
Yes, some people work for defense contractors, or other companies working on government contracts. But no one has a beef about legitimate functions of government. But as others have posted, mix in the gold plated benefits, the can’t be fired job status, and the let’s raise taxes instead of lay off workers attitude toward bad times.
Once you think about all that, then you’ll have your answer.
There is no better way to destroy an economy than to lay off workers who produce nothing of value to anyone.
At least that’s what the media and Democrats say. And I’m pretty sure they believe it.
Should have done this at least a decade ago
Getting laid off is not a “tragedy”. You look for another job. You get going. You keep on.
This is a joke, right?
“Government bureaucrats thrown out of work - a wonderful sight anywhere it happens. I may just take my next vacation in Athens so’s I can watch.”
Save your money; come to NJ. We’ve been laying off for years now, since our property taxes can’t increase more than 2% and our teachers’ unions insist on 4+% raises. Lots of cops, firemen, teachers, and public works people here have been thrown out into the real world (and are seeking greener pastures elsewhere - towns here won’t be hiring for decades).
As Margaret Thatcher said, eventually the Socialistic Welfare State runs out of other peoples’ money. Now we get to see what happens when we reach that point. And these people have no real skills that will translate into real jobs. I suspect it isn’t going to be pretty and it will involve a lot of violence.
Those fools should just move to the disabled list, like they do here.