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Silent Greek Majority Back Sacking Civil Servants, Minister Says

July 12 (Bloomberg) -- Greece’s plans to sack 15,000 state employees and put another 25,000 on notice for possible dismissal won’t spark another bout of unrest in the country because most Greeks support an overhaul of public administration, said the minister charged with carrying out the plans.

“There’s a silent majority out there of people who are hoping a true reform in the administration will actually take place,” Administration Reform and E-Governance Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Ryan Chilcote in Athens yesterday. “It is those people who have actually stomached the entire adjustment. We have 1.3 million unemployed people from the private sector.”

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s revamped coalition government faces its first test in parliament next week when lawmakers vote on the job-cuts plan and other reforms to unlock bailout funds. Employees targeted under the plans have picketed public buildings and held protests around the country over the past week while unions have called a 24-hour walkout on July 16.

“Like all votes, it’s not going to be an easy vote, but I do anticipate that we will have no problems passing this piece of legislation,” Mitsotakis said. “The government has a smaller majority now, but it’s much more homogeneous than it was in the past.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Maria Petrakis in Athens at mpetrakis@bloomberg.net; Eleni Chrepa in Athens at echrepa@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jerrold Colten at jcolten@bloomberg.net

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