16 April 2014 15:00

The Public Service Commission on Tuesday defended its decision to fine a civil servant €1,500 after she turned up for work for just 37 days in 2010 and 10 days in 2011.
In a statement responding to press reports, the commission said it considered the penalty it had imposed "correct under the circumstances and in accordance to the events of the case".
The worker, who provided doctors' letters for the absences, late last year took early retirement, retaining the connected benefits which would have been lost if the Commission had suspended her employment. She has also gone to the Supreme Court demanding the return of funds taken from her after a medical council determined 44 of her sick days did not warrant being absent from work during 2010.
Senior officials at the Press and Information Office where the woman was employed, had asked the Interior Ministry, the jurisdiction under which it falls, to intervene on July 8, 2010. On the instructions of then Interior Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis, a ministry official began a disciplinary investigation in September that year.
The Law Office of the Republic took over on October 19, 2011 and in April 2012 drew up the charges and submitted them to the Public Service Commission.
The commission in June 2013 found the woman guilty after she admitted to the charges against her, and fined her.
She took early retirement on November 20, 2013. Being made aware of the case just a few days ago, the Audit Office of the Republic has decided to audit the woman while the House Watchdog Committee has also been informed of the case.


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