By George Psyllides
THE SUPREME Court rejected on Friday a petition filed by the government workers union PASYDY seeking to annul the appointment of the commissioner for the reform of the public sector.
The union said it will appeal the decision.
According to its lawyer, Loukis Loukaides, the Supreme Court ruled that the position was advisory and not political.
PASYDY claimed the appointment was unconstitutional and has no legal basis.
In its appeal, PASYDY said no such position is provided for by any legislation or the budget, while Emanuella Lambrianides is also a civil servant.
Civil servants cannot hold a political position at the same time.
Former attorney-general Alecos Markides told state radio that there was no doubt that PASYDY was right on the constitutional issue.
What was rejected by the court, he said, was the procedure used by the union.
PASYDY boss Glafkos Hadjipetrou said the union would appeal.
The Supreme Court’s decision came a day after it emerged that the state payroll was unsustainable in its current form.
This was among the findings of World Bank and UK-based experts looking into the structure of the island’s civil service and come up with proposals that would modernise it.
Hadjipetrou said he disagreed with the finding but following the Supreme Court decision he claimed that PASYDY had never refused to talk.
“We need to find a way to have social dialogue,” Hadjipetrou said on Friday.
President Nicos Anastasiades has said the government was determined to see modernisation of the public sector through, with or without the union.
Among the preliminary suggestions, experts said the civil service commission, which decides on hirings and promotions, should become a permanent technocratic body in a bid to stamp out nepotism.
Another measure is the introduction of exams for all hirings and promotions and a new evaluation system.
According to daily newspaper Politis, the experts propose IQ and ability tests.