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Salaries indexation frozen, awaiting approval

21 November 2009 / 12:11:39  GRReporter
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Freezing of indexation of public servants salaries, exceeding the net amount of €2000 per month, has been voted at a meeting of the Ministerial Council this week as a part of the government’s program for reducing expenses in public administration. Over forty thousand public administration employees currently earning between €2400 and €3500 per month will be affected by this decision.

According to data provided by the Ministry of Finance, the average bonus for an employee with a basic salary of €2000 is between €500 and €1500, making the weighted average of net salary per month between €2400 and €3500. Only long-serving employees will have the right of 2% increase on a €2000 salary.

The opposing New Democracy has addressed sharp critique to the new government in regard to their failure to follow pre-election promises. “Today we all know which parties were giving away empty promises and which ones responsibly presented the electorate with the truth” said Georgos Kumutsas, the representative for New Democracy, referring to the discrepancies in PASOK’s pre-election campaign and their governing now. It is important to notice that Kostas Karamanlis’ pre-election campaign pointed out reduction in public expenses as a milestone towards revival of Greek economy- a policy greatly objected by Georgeos Papandreou.  

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