Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Administration Of The State And The Economic And Social Policy Of The Community
84.11 - General public administration activities

2,000 - 3,600 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
9 July 2013
Employment effect (start)
22 July 2013
Foreseen end date
31 December 2013


Greek government is to cut 4,000 civil service jobs till the end of 2013. On 9 July 2013, the Greek minister in charge of the administrative reforms announced plans to cut 15,000 public sector jobs by the end of 2014. In detail, the plan refers to 4,000 job cuts by the end of 2013, including approx. 2,000 redundancies after the closure of the public Greek broadcasting company (see ERT). For the rest 2,000 positions, is not yet known to which organisations respond but they will result out of a major reorganization plan in the public sector.

In addition, the Greek government announced the placement of 25,000 workers into a “mobility and relocation scheme” till the end of 2013. As already announced, 4,200 public sector employees - including school guards (2,224), school teachers (1,976) and ministry employees (50) will be placed under this “mobility scheme” till the end of July, followed, till the end of September, by 8,300 civil servants mostly coming from the municipal police forces (3,500) and various Ministries and Local Authorities. The relocation and mobility plan envisages an 8-month transitional period. After the end of this period those not relocated will be made redundant.

A massive protest was organized against the parliamentary vote on the above measures.

Updated, 07/07/2014: As reported, the final total number of the public sector job cuts for 2013 is 3,600.


  • 9 July 2013: Kathimerini
  • 10 July 2013: Kathimerini
  • 7 July 2014: Imerisia


Eurofound (2013), Public Sector, Internal restructuring in Greece, factsheet number 75674, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/75674.