La­bor re­la­tions to be dis­cussed with cred­i­tors’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

La­bor Min­is­ter Effie Acht­sioglou will be the first min­is­ter to head into the new round of talks for the sec­ond bailout re­view start­ing to­day in Athens, in what the new min­is­ter ad­mits will be tough ne­go­ti­a­tions about the fu­ture of la­bor re­la­tions in Greece.

De­spite re­peated ref­er­ences by min­istry sourses in re­cent days to a mem­o­ran­dum pre­pared by Acht­sioglou with po­ten­tial agree­ment points and the guide­lines of the Greek side, as it turns out the min­is­ter will not sub­mit it to the cred­i­tors. In­stead she will start the talks fo­cus­ing on the restora­tion of col­lec­tive la­bor talks, the ex­pan­sion po­ten­tial of sec­tor la­bor con­tracts, the pro­tec­tion of the ex­ist­ing dis­missals limit and the main­te­nance of the lock-out ban.

Also to­day the chief rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the cred­i­tors will dis­cuss the new pri­va­ti­za­tions hy­per­fund with the govern­ment, and ex­am­ine the fea­si­bil­ity of hav­ing the re­view com­pleted by the De­cem­ber 5 Eurogroup.

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