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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-11-14

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  • [01] Contract workers to get pay but not permanency

  • [01] Contract workers to get pay but not permanency

    Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Tuesday ruled out any extension of the criteria by which temporary contract workers in the public sector might qualify for permanent jobs, as currently mandated by a presidential decree.

    During a press conference, Pavlopoulos clarified that the changes sought would then allow every broader public-sector organisation to hire as many temporary employees as it liked on the pretext that it had standing and constant needs and then give them permanent jobs.

    Regarding a Court of Audit ruling that prevented contract workers awarded permanent positions by lower courts from being paid, Pavlopoulos said that a formula would be found so that they would be immediately be paid any money owed to them by the local authorities that employed them but stressed that this would not involve their getting an indefinite contract or require court action.

    If this formula was turned down by the Court of Audit, the ministry would then issue a decree effective retroactively that would make a settlement, he added.

    The minister also called on local authorities that believed they had unfilled standing, permanent staff needs to immediately proclaim the necessary positions, noting that these would be approved by the ministry.

    Pavlopoulos pointed out that the Supreme Council for Staff Selection (ASEP) had so far approved 32,924 applications for the conversion of temporary contracts to permanent positions in the broader public sector out of a total of 72,926 applications received. He pointed out that contract workers not meeting the presidential decree's criteria benefited from a 50% point-lead over other candidates for local authority jobs, while former Citizens' Service Centre (KEP) employees had a 55% points lead.

    The minister also stressed that the problem was created by PASOK governments and a policy of hiring people to cover permanent positions without going through the ASEP process, using temporary contracts that were then regularly renewed, that became worse worse after 1999.

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