Pending applications for staff transfers to parliament frozen, Voutsis announces

Parliament President Nikos Voutsis on Thursday announced that all pending applications for public-sector staff transfers to Parliament will be frozen, following his discussion earlier the same day with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Voutsis said a decision was made to suspend the transfer process for all applications that have not yet been published in the Government Gazette, even though the process “is absolutely legal” and in accordance with a 2016 law on staff mobility.

He noted that Parliament had initiated the process in February, acting on a proposal made by someone outside of ruling SYRIZA that parliament should be harmonised with the staff mobility law. Following this, staff detached to parliament from other public-sector positions were invited to state where they wished to work and the transfers of the first 32 employees had already been published in the government gazette. The rest would now be frozen, he added, even though they were legal and would stand up in court.

Among the transfers to be suspended, he clarified, was that of the daughter of Parliament Vice President Tasia Christodoulopoulou.

Earlier, government sources said that the prime minister contacted Voutsis and asked for the suspension of public-sector staff transfers to parliament.

According to the same sources, the prime minister made the decision to stop main opposition New Democracy exploiting the otherwise “wholly legal, transparent and with cross-party consensus” transfers in order to “create impression through a crescendo of political opportunism”.