In a system where bonuses can add 5 to 1,300 euros to a monthly paycheck, some civil servants are paid extra for using a computer. Some get a bonus for speaking a foreign language and others for arriving at work on time, ...
Tens of thousands of unmarried or divorced daughters of civil servants collect their dead parents' pensions, ... About 40,000 women benefit from the allowance at an annual cost of around 550 million euros, according to economic website capital.gr. ... While the law protects civil servants from dismissal, it allows them to retire with a pension in their 40s.
Hundreds of state-appointed committees employ staff though it is not clear what they all do. Greece has a committee to manage Lake Kopais, which dried out in the 1930s. ... One Greek paper estimated that committees employ more than 10,000 people and cost over 220 million euros a year.
Labour unions foiled government attempts to sell debt-ridden Olympic Airways for decades, costing Greek taxpayers millions while employees enjoyed generous benefits -- their family members could fly around the world for free.