ATHENS – After breaking pledges to stop patronage by then packing public payrolls with thousands of hires, Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras is reportedly appointing top manages to positions in departments that haven’t even been set up yet.
The planned operation of the Consulting and Support Centers (KESY) – as stipulated in recent legislation – hasn’t been approved but it has been staffed with bosses, said Kathimerini, although they don’t have an office or job to do.
The recent legislation envisaged that these consulting centers would be set up through the merger of Specialized Diagnostic Centers, Youth Counseling Centers and Vocational Guidance Offices and Centers but that they could be established only after Education Minister Costas Gavroglou approves the merger, which he hasn’t, but which didn’t keep the jobs from being filled.
The ministry allowed 13 outgoing directors, most chosen by SYRIZA and its junior coalition partner, the pro-austerity, marginal, jingoistic Independent Greeks (ANEL) of Defense Minister Panos Kammenos to pick who they want and choose loyalists.
Senior trade union officials told the paper that SYRIZA is making the appointments so that its people can control the Education Ministry if New Democracy, which as big leads in polls, wins the next election without indicating why the Conservatives couldn’t just fire them or replace them.
SYRIZA ha also fired school and abolish the evaluation of all educators.