Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) Parliamentary group leader Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday said that the decision to fire hundreds of staff at the state-run mobile phone service provider Cosmote was a "pilot programme" to reconcile broader public-sector workers with the idea that they might be made redundant and lose their jobs.

Tsipras made the statement during a meeting on Wednesday with a delegation of Cosmote staff, saying the lay-offs served the dual purpose of "terrorising" public-sector staff and also ensuring continued high profits for OTE and Deutsche Telekom shareholders.

Earlier on Wednesday, Tsipras and other SYRIZA MPs submitted a proposal for a Parliamentary committee to audit Greece's debt to Parliament President Philippos Petsalnikos.