“At a time when, with the blessings of Mr. Mitsotakis, the salaries of the commander, deputy commanders and managers of EFKA are doubled, the situation at the Regional Branch of Heraklion remains tragic due to understaffing,” says Haris Mamoulakis in a statement
Fulfilling the commitment he had made during his recent visit to the EFKA Heraklion branch, Mr. Head of Development & Investments K.O. SYRIZA – Progressive Alliance, Member of Parliament for Heraklion Haris Mamoulakis submitted a Question to the Minister of Labor & Social Affairs, co-signed by MPs Sokratis Vardakis and Nikos Igoumenidis, highlighting the chain problems caused by the Organization’s understaffing.
“At a time when, with the blessings of Mr. Mitsotakis, the salaries of the commander, deputy commanders and managers of the EFKA are being doubled, the situation at the Regional Branch of Heraklion remains tragic due to understaffing,” says Haris Mamoulakis in a statement, stressing: “We call on the government to understand the reality and take care of the proper service of the insured and the establishment of decent working conditions for the staff of the Organization. To strengthen the Heraklion branch with sufficient staff, so that the citizens can be served with dignity and consistency, as every modern state must do. Given that our country, which has been out of memorandums since August 2018, is no longer bound by the relevant restrictions and can proceed with staff recruitment, covering the departures due to retirement in the 2010-2018 period, they have no excuse.”
As mentioned in the Question, the Local Directorate of EFKA Heraklion, which maintains its headquarters in Estavromos, remains understaffed, unable to serve the insured. In this Directorate there are many departments that cover insured persons of Heraklion and Lasithi prefectures. Despite the importance and the particularly large volume of services, the specific Branch presents an image of abandonment by the central administration of the Organization. The remaining staff is insufficient for the enormous amount of work it has to handle, resulting in the irritation and suffering of outraged citizens who come even from Sitia to be served, a dystopian daily routine. At the same time, the intense pressure and burden that the workers have to deal with, combined with the sense of responsibility that they possess, make their work difficult, lead them to overwork and test their endurance.