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Civil servant on €5,000 a month complains of having to play Sudoku to kill time

In the second such case this year, a civil servant has complained to President Nicos Anastasiades saying he is being paid over €5,000 per month but plays Sudoku to kill time as he is not assigned any work.

His complaint was outlined in a letter sent to Anastasiades and reported by daily Phileleftheros on Saturday.

Government employee Sotiris Hadjiioannou, a lecturer in electronics was assigned in 2010 to work at the labour inspection department.

Despite being on an A12+2 pay scale, with a monthly income of more than €5,000 he claims he has not been assigned any specific duties.

“In 2014 I was given some insignificant duties not commensurate with my salary and qualifications. One of my main duties is to measure the height of railings. Bearing in mind the administrative cost of hiring me… my total contribution is below zero,” the letter said.

Hadjiioannou claimed he has done some occasional work but has gone through six month periods without even lifting a pen.

In his letter, he also slammed the department of public administration for not assigning him any duties as he claims he can offer much more.

Back in 2010 when he joined the department, there was a need for three electricians. Two posts were advertised however they were frozen but he was hired for the third position. “At the moment I have no duties. I play Sudoku to pass my time,” Hadiioannou said.

Last month, government employee Marios Droushiotis complained in the same way to the president saying he was paid €5,000 a month but not assigned any duties.

The energy ministry, where he is employed, hit back saying Droushiotis headed a critical unit of the ministry and should have taken the initiative to promote his own department.


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