Municipalities express doubts over gov’t proposals for temporary municipal sanitation staff

A meeting of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE) board ended late on Monday afternoon after a lengthy discussion on the interior ministry’s proposed legislation regarding the future of contract workers in municipal sanitation services and their demand for permanent jobs.

A delegation from KEDE’s board is due to meet Interior Minister Panos Skourletis and convey KEDE’s doubts about the proposed measures, whether they are fully constitutional and whether they can be implemented.

Municipalities agree with a proposal for the hiring of permanent sanitation workers via the public-sector staff selection authority ASEP and the time-frames included in the minister’s proposals – including an extension of the contracts of current staff by a further eight months until the ASEP process is complete.

It has suggested that existing contract workers be given bonus points in the ASEP process since they were originally hired using an ASEP-type evaluation and have been employed for more than 24 months.

The minister’s proposed legislation, which is due to be tabled in Parliament later on Monday, has been rejected by the POE-OTA trade union federation representing the majority of municipal workers. The union federation has decided to continue strike action that has disrupted refuse collection throughout the country, leaving rubbish piled high in the streets as temperatures soar and Greece enters the summer’s first heatwave.