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6100 euro average monthly salary in the State Railways which are losing 1 billion euro per year

11 September 2010 / 10:09:42  GRReporter
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The government of George Papandreou has decided to take drastic changes in the management of the Greek State Railways, which are losig 1 billion euros each year, and their total debt has increased to more than 10 billion. Strikes to the max are promising the Railway unions, which, unlike the managers of the company are doing their job very well. As Mega TV revealed the unions have managed to come to an agreement for an average monthly salary of the railway employees in the amount of € 6,100 and for any duty, they take on, they will receive compensation of 28 (!) hours, and the next four hours are considered overtime. Even the English trade unions since before Margaret Thatcher could be envy of such workers nobility.
    Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications has already approved the bill on the rehabilitation of the railways, without their privatization being necessary at least at this point. According to the plan over 2300 employees in the railways will be moved to another job, in order not to be laid off. Currently they work both in the technical servicing and maintenance of trains and the administration of the company. Obviously we are talking about one obscenely exaggerated Railway full time employment.
    According to Transport Minister Dimitris Repas after the plan is implemented, since mid-2011 Greek State Railways will no longer be a burden on the neck of they increasingly poor Greek taxpayer and will become a self-supporting, and why not profitable institution having in mind its monopolistic position in the market. Minister promises there won’t be any lay offs, but only reallocation of staff in other sectors while workers will keep the huge wages they are receiving. The additional funds will be savied by reducing the lines, reducing routes and the sale and rental of the real estate properties that the railway company owns.
    Trade unions, however do not trust his words and promised active strike. Last week they were on strike on Wednesday and Thursday and during the weekend they are protesting in Thessaloniki, where tonight opens the International Fair.

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