Politics: PM chairs cabinet meeting on ERT, public-sector disciplinary bodies

A meeting of the cabinet chaired by Prime Minister George Papandreou on Thursday reached unanimous agreement on a plan for the reorganisation of the state broadcaster ERT and a draft bill on disciplinary rules for public-sector employees.
The meeting was preceded by a meeting of the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence that discussed ministry and defence issues.

According to sources, one of the issues raised during the cabinet meeting was the fact that teachers were not subject to the same disciplinary proceedings as the other public-sector staff. Alternate Education Minister Fofi Gennimata explained that teachers had their own disciplinary bodies and that to include them in the new unified disciplinary body would delay the draft bill by at least a month, while making it impossible to find enough justices, as envisaged in the bill, to deal with the disciplinary issues of some 200,000 teachers.

Concerning the state broadcaster ERT, sources said that the meeting agreed to suspend operation of the National Audiovisual Archive and the Institute of Audiovisual Media via a joint ministerial decision and incorporate the staff of both organisations in ERT, where they would be subject to the processes and assessment for staff there.
The organisation of the broadcaster and abolition of the ET1 channel will be carried out via an amendment tabled in Parliament, while its analog frequency will be used by the digital channel Prisma, which will broadcast educational television and successful series made by private channels.
For staff at the state broadcaster, the cabinet decided that 10 percent will enter the labour reserve following an assessment. Temporary staff at the state broadcaster will be reduced by 50 percent, the same sources said.

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