ND will apply 1:5 hirings to departures ratio in public sector, party spokesman says

Announcements made by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras about the hiring of 10,000 additional public-sector staff are not binding for New Democracy (ND), the party’s alternate spokesman Costas Kyranakis said on Tuesday. He noted ND’s commitment to continue applying the ratio of one hiring for every five departures in the public sector if it came to power.

“Tsipras’ agreement with the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos concerns the clergy’s payroll. Tsipras talks about State and Church separation, which does not exist because the clergy will still be paid by the state. We want the clergy to remain civil servants,” he said.

Moreover, the main opposition spokesman noted “The 1:5 rule will apply under a New Democracy government, the 10,000 hirings announcement is not binding for us. We were not informed and we once again saw an ‘off-the-cuff’ agreement, like the Prespes Agreement,” said Kyranakis.