Civil service global roundup: Turkey lacks female officials, St Kitts offers bonuses, and Canada’s civil servants suffer stress
Greece: civil servants strike in Athens against cuts and layoffs
Greek civil servants have launched a 48-hour strike in protest against job cuts. The strike, which began on 24 September, followed a similar stoppage the week before and resulted in government buildings being shut. School and university teachers have been on strike since 16 September.
Middle East: Arab countries meet to discuss administrative reforms
Public leaders from Arab countries, including Oman, have been meeting in the Spanish city of Granada to discuss new administrative structures, IT, and new ways to interact with citizens. The forum, organised by the Arab Administrative Development Organisation, was set up to improve the leadership skills of officials in Arab countries.
Turkey: women make up less than 10% of senior officials
Only 9.4% of the 6,197 most senior officials in Turkish public service are women, according to figures from the Turkish state personnel office. Only 36% of public service employees are women, compared to 73% in Sweden and 65% in the UK.
St Kitts: civil servants awarded bonuses worth two months’ salary
Civil servants in St Kitts have been given a bonus of a double month’s salary in recognition of their work in the 30 years since the country gained independence. The country’s prime minister, Denzil Douglas, announced the bonus as a “small token” of appreciation for public servants’ “loyal and committed service to the people of this country”.
Zimbabwe: negotiations start over pay rises for state employees
Public sector workers in Zimbabwe have opened talks with the government on a new pay structure that would include big pay rises for government workers, including teachers, soldiers, police officers, doctors and nurses. Workers’ unions in the country want to see the basic pay for government workers rise from $297 to a minimum of $540.
Canada: civil servants are more stressed than 75% of population
A study into the health of managers revealed that civil service executives deal with more stress than 75% of the adult population in Canada. Managers work more than 50 hours a week. The study also found that depression rates among civil service leaders have doubled over the past five years.
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