New Greek government will rehire sacked cleaners


This video is from a month ago, during the last days of the old Greek government.

It says about itself:

Fired Cleaning Women Creating A Mess For The Greek Government

15 December 2014

Dozens of cleaning women laid off by the Greek government as part of budget cuts are protesting daily outside the Ministry of Economics building. Despina Kostopoulou tell’s AJ+ “The reason they chose to fire us was because they thought we would stoically put up with what they imposed on us. But they were wrong.”

By Ben Chacko:

‘Radical change’ in Greece to beat back austerity

Wednesday 28th January 2015

New government promises to put the brakes on cuts

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised to “radically change” government policy at his first cabinet meeting yesterday as ministers put the brakes on five years of reckless cuts.

Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis announced that the ministry’s cleaners — who have been fighting a legal battle for reinstatement since being laid off in 2013 — would be rehired.

The demonstrating cleaners cheered as the minister revealed the move on television.

Mr Varoufakis said the ministry would still cut costs, but by reducing the number of financial advisers.

The planned privatisation of the port of Piraeus was also halted and an enormously unpopular sell-off of a stake in the Public Power Corporation (PPC) was blocked.

Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis assured the nation that the privatisation would be “halted immediately.”

Some laid-off public-sector workers would have their jobs restored — most likely those whose redundancies have already been ruled unconstitutional by courts — and cuts to pensions would be reversed.

“What we have said during the election campaign will be our guide,” Deputy Social Security Minister Dimitris Stratoulis said, though he added that Athens would start with “measures that do not have large spending impact.”

Mr Tsipras said he had a four-year plan ready that would balance the budget and hoped to discover “realistic proposals” to make loan repayments easier to bear.

But it is unclear what Greece’s new government will do if the EU, IMF and European Central Bank “troika” totally refuse debt renegotiation, since Syriza has ruled out leaving the euro or the EU itself. …

A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that the EU’s top power was in no mood to budge on austerity.

She was looking forward to hearing how Syriza planned “the continuation of the current programme and how to fulfil Greece’s obligations,” said spokesman Steffen Seibert.

See also here.

Greek sacked cleaners

President of European Parliament [Schulz] said it clearly: that he would prefer if PM Tsipras had a coalition with To Potami: here.

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