Greece Ditches Vacation Perk ... for Using Computers
Yep, civil servants got an extra 6 days a year if they worked in front of one
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2013 12:29 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Back in 1989, Greece decided that any of its public-sector workers who had the misfortune of working in front of a computer all day deserved extra time off for that horror—an extra six days a year, to be precise, on top of their regular vacation time. Over the years, as computers got a wee bit more common, pretty much every civil servant came to enjoy the perk. No more, alas, reports the Wall Street Journal. The cash-strapped government has decided to scrap the so-called computer leave.

"It belongs to another era," says a government official. "Today, in the era of crisis, we cannot maintain anachronistic privileges." The unions vow to fight the matter in court, but the tide seems to be moving against them. Already, workers have lost a bonus they once received just for showing up to work on time, notes Reuters. And unmarried daughters can no longer collect their deceased fathers' pensions. (Click to read about how tough times in Spain led to an unusual divorce ruling.)

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CarlM
Sep 16, 2013 10:00 AM CDT
They once had a bonus for showing up to work on time? Shouldn't this work the other way around? Don't show up for work on time and risk losing your job.
HMD-SMD-ITY
Sep 14, 2013 9:32 PM CDT
All I know is that Tastykake now makes their chocolate swirl cupcakes 1/2 the size they were a month ago. But in perfect timing, Hostess cupcakes are back and they are regular size. However, in researching the deal locally, I found Dolly Madison cupcakes to be the biggest and cheapest at 99 cents per package. Tastykake has yet to respond to the inquiry. However, they unionized in 2010 so it may be a factor. For now, Hostess is non-union.
jerrymac
Sep 14, 2013 3:44 PM CDT
The most important line in the article: "The unions vow to fight the matter in court" Unions are the same everywhere. Their country is struggling to survive and the refuse to compromise or give up wasteful perks. Idiocy.