Greek Parliament debates omnibus bill that opens way for 2,000 immediate civil service layoffs

The Greek Parliament is debating, and will vote on by midnight Sunday, an emergency omnibus bill that will ensure continued disbursement of bailout aid by the country's creditors.

The bill contains many unrelated provisions, from the payment of owed taxes and social security contributions to the end of bakeries' monopoly in baking bread, but the most politically contentious one is the provision for the immediate firing of 2,000 civil servants by the end of May and a further 13,000 by the end of next year.

To shorten debate and to present the bill as a sort of confidence vote, the government has bundled 110 pages of legislation into a single article. Debate in committee lasted a single day and so will debate in the full Parliament.