In 1989, a law was passed that allowed public sector workers in Greece to get a day off every two months if they worked on a computer for five hours a day. It is unclear why this bonus holiday time was allotted, but in 1989, computers were not a common part of almost any job like they are today. According to a Sept. 13 report from Yahoo7.com., Greek austerity measures have ended this little job perk for all these public workers.
The European Union has increased the pressure on Greece to put austerity measures in place after two bail-outs by the EU and the IMF. Greece has until the end of the year to place 25,000 public sector workers into a “mobility pool.” This means that these people will either be fired or transferred; half of them must be moved by the end of September.
Conditions in Greece have steadily deteriorated as unemployment has reached epidemic proportions. The public sector, notoriously over-staffed and over-paid, have already seen many benefits disappear due to austerity such as a bonus for showing up to work and another benefit that allowed an unmarried daughter to receive her late father's pension benefits.