Part-time em­ploy­ment soars

GSEE re­port shows full-time work has de­clined by al­most half a mil­lion jobs in the last five years

Kathimerini English - - Focus - BY ROULA SALOUROU

Full-time em­ploy­men­thas shrunk by about half a mil­lion work­ers in the last five years, while part-time work has al­most dou­bled to be­come the norm in terms of em­ploy­ment for many peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the Gen­eral Con­fed­er­a­tion of Greek La­bor (GSEE).

Part-time em­ploy­ment has soared by 90 per­cent since 2010, with women rep­re­sent­ing 57 per­cent of this in­crease. It ap­pears to have re­placed tem­po­rary work as the main al­ter­na­tive to full em­ploy­ment.

The re­port on the Greek econ­omy has al­ready been de­liv­ered to the prime min­is­ter and the other party lead­ers and will be of­fi­cially pre­sented at the Thes­sa­loniki In­ter­na­tional Fair next month as is cus­tom­ary ev­ery year.

The find­ings of the sur­vey are par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant given that the gov­ern­ment and its cred­i­tors are start­ing talks on new in­ter­ven­tions in the la­bor mar­ket. On the ta­ble will be col­lec­tive ne­go­ti­a­tions, group lay­offs and the law on unions, with the gov­ern­ment seek­ing cer­tain in­ter­ven­tions that would im­prove the mea­sures al­ready taken, and the cred­i­tors de­mand­ing the start of talks on op­ti­mum prac­tices which al­ready ap­ply in the rest of the Euro­pean Union.

Still, the GSEE re­port showed that the dereg­u­la­tion of the la­bor mar­ket should not form part of the pol­icy to con­tain un­em­ploy­ment. It high­lights that the qual­ity of jobs con­tin­ues to de­cline and illegal and forced forms of em­ploy­ment are on the in­crease, re­sult­ing in a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on work­ers’ in­comes, hu­man cap­i­tal and eco­nomic pro­duc­tiv­ity.

The re­port also re­vealed that there is a strong con­nec­tion be-


1.0941 tween in­se­cure jobs and poverty, while the de­cline of per capita so­cial ex­pen­di­ture has con­trib­uted to the fur­ther down­grad­ing of both work­ers’ and pen­sion­ers’ liv­ing stan­dards.

The union fur­ther stressed that there is no growth mo­men­tum fore­seen for this or next year, as the es­ti­mates for the pe­riod are neg­a­tive due to the coun­try’s econ­omy re­main­ing en­trenched in the cri­sis.

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