Em­ploy­ers, em­ploy­ees in agree­ment

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - ROULA SALOUROU

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of em­ployer as­so­ci­a­tions and em­ployee unions reached a min­i­mum level of agree­ment yesterday on the changes re­quired to la­bor laws, choos­ing to put aside dis­agree­ments and ob­jec­tions on spe­cific is­sues, in or­der to give the govern­ment a “sig­nif­i­cant weapon” in the forth­com­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with cred­i­tors in Septem­ber, which are ex­pected to be par­tic­u­larly tough.

De­spite the con­sen­sus, con­tentious is­sues such as group lay­offs, the abil­ity to ex­tend col­lec­tive la­bor con­tracts and the strength­en­ing of sec­tor con­tracts over cor­po­rate ones, were not dis­cussed in de­tail.

The joint dec­la­ra­tion by the as­so­ci­a­tions and the unions was in­stead re­stricted to the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of meet­ings held un­der the aus­pices of the In­ter­na­tional La­bor Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ILO) and an ex­pres­sion of agree­ment that there is no is­sue re­gard­ing a re­duc­tion to the min­i­mum wage or the abo­li­tion of the Christ­mas, Easter and sum­mer hol­i­day bonuses, known as the 13th and 14th monthly salaries.

The dec­la­ra­tion also stressed that the min­i­mum wage should be agreed by the so­cial part­ners (em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees) in the con­text of the Na­tional Gen­eral Col­lec­tive La­bor Con­tract and that the law on unions will need to be mod­ern­ized, though with­out chal­leng­ing the right to strike.

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