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THE POPULAR ASSOCIATION ON THE SIDE OF THE EMPLOYEES IN THE MUNICIPALITIES

The Popular Rally of Skopelos supports the workers in the Municipalities, who today are going on strike mobilizations with demands for the permanence of all contractors and mass recruitment of permanent staff.

Everyone knows that the situation in the Municipality of Skopelos has reached the point of no return! Services are groaning under staff shortages. Many employees can not exercise their basic rights, such as leave to rest, with the Cleaning Service being the most typical example, where dozens - if not hundreds - of breaks and regular leave are due and while summer is ahead of us.

The Social Service of the Municipality, which could give a breath to the vulnerable social groups, lacks basic specialties, such as psychologist and social worker, and the gaps are filled as much as possible by the contractors of the Community Center, who are still in a state of job uncertainty. In the same situation the Kindergarten, where there is a great need for hiring a babysitter, and KAPI, while the process for the appointment of the family helpers and the nurse of the "Help at Home" Program has not been completed yet.

In KEP, after the position "thrown" by the Municipal Authority of Mr. Perissis, the staffing is at 50%, with the result that the employees can not even get sick.

A similar picture is presented by the Departments of Administration and Finance, where the employees "close holes" by exercising duties in two and three offices, as well as the Town Planning, for which we do not even know if the Technical Service can exercise its responsibilities, which is devalued more and more through the program contracts with the "stores" of the Development Organizations and the direct assignments, the Licensing Department and the Vine Community.

In the face of all this, the Municipal Authority of Perissi whistles indifferently and of course does not make any substantial claims to the Government, following the alignment of the majority of KEDE behind the anti-labor policies of the governments of the capital.. It is characteristic of the planning of permanent recruitments the fact that for the years 2025 and 2026 it requests Municipal Police Officers, while other key services will be deforested due to retirements or will be burdened with age.

The intensification in some parts has hit red. Many responsibilities are impossible to cover and contractors are rubbing their hands for the hot money they get to "meet the needs of municipalities". The responsibility lies with the current government of ND but also all the previous ones (SYRIZA, PASOK etc) as well as the municipal authorities that for so many years consciously devalue the services, in order to penetrate more easily the contractors and to enhance the profitability of large business groups. .

As timeless is the choice to cover the holes with contractors, ie employees who come for a few months and before they have time to join the services, to be replaced by others to recycle unemployment. In some services, such as school cleaners, the situation is even more tragic, as in fact the same people can be on recurring fixed-term contracts for up to 20 years, while the municipality very easily fires them at the end of the school year to hire them again after the summer holidays.

Enough with the mockery! All contractors need to be made permanent, without terms and conditions, in order to meet the immediate huge needs of the municipalities. New announcements for permanent staff in the municipalities should be made immediately!

The Popular Rally of Skopelos, as always, will be on the side of the workers, who must  to take matters into their own hands and demand

  • No dismissal of a contractor.
  • Abolish now all flexible working relationships and convert all contractors to indefinite time without terms and conditions. 
  • Immediate announcement of permanent staff jobs for all services.
  • No Service Privatization
  • Wage increases.

 

 

                                                                                     Skopelos, 24-05-2022