Wages, pensions, benefits and public-sector workers are among the biggest casualties of a long-expected austerity package, which was tabled in Parliament as a 600-page draft bill with all the new measures contained in just one article.
The new 2013-2016 Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy abolishes all extra bonuses to pensions and civil servants, introducing new pension cuts from 5 to 25 pct, while at the same time cutting special payrolls (police, the judiciary, military officers, state hospitals’ medical staff, university educators, diplomats) by up to 27 pct, as well as paving the way for the redundancy of 2,000 civil servants and the abolition of state-allocated social benefits to be replaced by benefits depending on income criteria.
Specifically, the package envisages the abolition of all extra wage payments to public sector workers, introducing a 3- to 27-pct retroactive cut in special payrolls, freezing β from January 1, 2013 to the end of 2016 – payment of all target-related incentives to public sector workers; setting a 1,900-euro ceiling for wages of all employees in agencies and organisations in the general government; slashing remuneration to employees in municipal or regional authorities, as well as further cuts in wages of ministry employees.
Under the draft legislation, pensions in the private sector will be cut by up to 25 pct, in tandem with the raising of the retirement age by two years; abolition of extra pension bonuses to public sector pensioners; introduction of stricter rules for allocation of pensions to the spouses of deceased pensioners; abolition of pensions for Parliament deputies or municipal authorities elected under the new law.
The package also imposes income criteria for the allocation of family benefits.
The draft law envisions changes in previously rigid public sector labor relations, among others, allowing for public sector employees whose organisations, agencies and entities have been abolished to either be fired or transferred to other state agencies or organisations.
The government expects at least 2,000 employees to be included in such program this year as part of a commitment to reduce the public sector workforce.
The austerity package, mostly pension and wage cutbacks along with tax hikes, also foresees measures to fully liberalise certain professions and service markets, such as auditors, mini-van tourist services by hotels, tobacco product vendors, baby milk sales, accountants, private education, dental technicians, newspaper/magazine vendors, truck leasing services etc. (AMNA)
http://hellasfrappe.blogspot.gr/2012/11/complete-list-of-austerity-package-cuts.html, image blogs.independent.co.uk
Comment : these are in part the austerity measures I was speaking about on my petition …
“Since 2009, Greece has fallen prey to a handful of criminals who intentionally and following a detailed plan, have been tearing the country apart. Some of the results they have achieved until now are the following : the country is shunned from the markets and has become a laughing stock, it has lost any semblance of standing and sovereignty, and after the recent debt restructuring, it is practically bankrupt and under foreign administration. Governmental lending has skyrocketed and the public debt is unsustainable, business indicators and the market have collapsed, GDP has dramatically shrunk, the value of state property has reached rock-bottom, tens of thousands of businesses have closed, unemployment is up by 242% and for the first time in Greek history, those employed are fewer than those with no source of income at all. The majority of the population live below the poverty line, and a lot of people are in danger of losing their freedom because they can’t pay taxes and fees anymore. Day by day, more and more people no longer have access to food, shelter, medicine and medical care, schools and hospitals are closing, parents are forced to leave their children in various institutions as they can no longer afford to care for them, while pupils go to school without books and faint due to starvation. The Greek energy system has collapsed, there are power shortages, long forgotten diseases have reappeared due to the massive influx of illegal immigrants, poverty and insufficient medical care. The centre of Athens is now a ghetto and all big cities are swarming with homeless people. There is a reign of terror over society, the dignity of the Greek nation has been smashed to pieces and the country is suffering from depression.
Also, a drastic increase was recorded in: sense of insecurity, crime-rates, abortions, negative birthrates, suicides, illnesses both physical and mental, deaths from un-natural causes and migration of young Greeks abroad, most of them university graduates.
And this is only the beginning, because to the present, many people have survived by any means they could, whether that involved living on the savings they still had, selling off their assets, relying on their family, exchanging products and services, or surviving on solidarity alone, as society has instantly become more sensitive to its weaker members and takes care of them. In this framework soup kitchens, food banks, social groceries, clinics and pharmacies have been set up all over the country and distribute free products and services to anybody in need. In order for these social networks to be established (food banks, clinics etc) there was a lot of help from abroad. From the Diaspora, from the Church of Cyprus and Russia, from organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, Doctors of the World, etc.
But soon, even these HUMILIATING models of survival will no longer work because all the adverse consequences on the economy and society will increase in a geometric progression.
So what’s next ? Certainly the complete catastrophe. A holocaust. And no doubt about this, if we take in consideration that a part of the local population was already destroyed, another part was forced to leave the country and more of the rest have already problems to survive. But nevertheless, new successive attacks against the people are ready to start on these days.
What kind of attacks ? The usuals. Specifically, in a context of a continuous psychological violence and massive violations of basic human rights, new hikes in taxation, new cuts in salaries and pensions, new increases in utility bills, and additional lay-offs of 15.000 people for 2012 and another 150.000 until 2015, are ready for implementation. In this way, even those who still have an income, will suffer a drastic reduction or will lose it completely, and all the adverse consequences will be increased rapidly.”
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