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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

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Want to wonder why Greece is so mistrusted by the rest of the EU? Could be that after we pass laws, nobody acts on them?

Example, it was voted ten months ago that members of the public sector would have their salaries cut by 30% - a part of the public sector comprising of electricians, phone and electric workers - the highly paid group of public workers - also they would no longer receive their "bonuses".

Okay law passed, but no one actually cut any salaries or bonuses. Would you like to know what some of the bonuses are?

1. Higher rate of pay for "dangerous professions" including beauticians......
2. Trolley drivers get extra pay for stopping the trolley and placing the cable back in place
3. Extra pay for making xerox copies or delivering papers from one public department to another
4. Forest workers get extra money for working outdoors.
5. Train conductors get bonuses for every kilometer they drive the train.
6. Train workers get 420 euros a month for hand-hygiene - you got it - washing their hands.
7. Bus drivers get extra pay for turning over the bus to the driver of the next shift.
8. Bus drivers get extra money for commute time to work and then an additional bonus for getting there on time.
9. Ote workers get a bonus for turning on the OTE company cars each day - a leftover from the days you needed to start the cars daily - let's say 50 years ago....
10. Bonuses for knowing the computer, speaking a second language.
11. All civil servants get a bonus to eat (supposedly because they work so hard, they would forget )
12. Members of the Culture Ministry get a clothing allowance (so that they can look cultured!)
13, My alltime favorite - extra money FOR COMING TO WORK ON TIME.....

The list goes on and on.

Other incredible statistics:

Spoiled Spinsters - about 40,000 women either unmarried or divorced collect the pensions of their dead parents who were civil servants to the tune approximately 550,000,000 euros per year.

Committees - Hundreds of state-appointed committees employ staff though it is not clear what they all do. Greece has a committee to manage Lake Kopais, which dried out in the 1930s.
One Greek newspaper estimated that committees employ more than 10,000 people and cost over 220 million euros ($292.6 million) a year.

That's it from high atop the Bird's Nest - you keep this circulating and I'll keep the information coming

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