Deputy Minister of State Angelos Tolkas on Tuesday said labour costs have been reduced by 5 pct, adding that over the last two years 200,000 public sector employees ceased to be on the payroll one way or the other.         
Speaking in the state-run radio, he noted that “we are in a state of emergency. This is a reality we need to face. The government and the Greek people have achieved a great deal with many sacrifices. We’ll do everything it takes to ensure implementation of the July 21 decision, which concern the country’s financing and stability."