Tag Archives: Public sector employee

Greece Will Default …

… or so it seems. Kerin Hope reports in the FT that

[t]he Greek parliament has approved a law proposed by the leftwing Syriza-led government overturning civil service reforms by the previous government aimed at streamlining the country’s inefficient public sector.

13’000 civil servants are to be rehired. The “institutions” have not been consulted. The municipal police force will be revived.

Syriza’s Left Wing

In the FT, Kerin Hope and Tony Barber portray left-wing members of the Greek Syriza government. These include:

Panayotis Lafazanis, minister for productive recovery, energy and the environment. He is quoted as saying “My way is no memorandum [Syriza’s term for the bailout agreement], no euro”.

Nikos Voutsis, minister for the interior and administrative reconstruction. He has reversed hiring restrictions; performance evaluation; wants to reinstate the municipal police force; and favors softer policing and more lenient treatment of prisoners.

Aristides Baltas, minister of culture and education. He is quoted as saying that education “should not be governed by the principle of excellence . . . it is a warped ambition.” He wants to eliminate restrictions on the duration of undergraduate studies; abolish university entrance exams; ban police from campuses; and grant students decisive powers to elect university officials.

Teacher Well Being

sda reports in the NZZ about a study on Swiss teachers’ well being that was commissioned by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

A representative survey among 600 teachers in 5th to 9th grade indicates that every fifth teacher always feels stressed and every third teacher suffers from forms of depression at least once per month. The teachers feel strained because of high work load; conflicts with students’ parents; and difficult pupils. Women and part time teachers are more exposed to the risk of burnout.

Other employees in the public sector do not feel similarly stressed. Nevertheless, nine out of ten teachers like their jobs.