Minister sees no need for university dismissals

Education Minister Andreas Loverdos indicated last week that he would go against government policy and refuse to fire any university administrative staff, reports Loverdos said that an evaluation of staff requirements in tertiary education revealed that universities have fewer administrative staff than they need.

The minister, who asked for the study to be carried out, said this means that none of the 1,050 employees who were placed in a public sector mobility scheme last autumn should be dismissed.

In June, the government advertised 600 new administrative positions at the country’s universities, so many of those put in the labour reserve last year are likely to be rehired. However Loverdos, who was appointed in June’s cabinet reshuffle, now suggests that they could all get their jobs back.
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