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Energy sector workers went on a one-day strike to protest against government plans to further pri... [more]

Energy sector workers went on a one-day strike to protest against government plans to further privatize the sector. In 2018 the government already sold 66% of the national transmission sector. The new bill that was passed in parliament, calls for a merger of subsidiaries. With the new plans the Public Gas Corporation of Greece (DEPA) will also have to split again into DEPA Trading and DEPA Infrastructure, and overseeing the sale of 50.1% of DEPA Trading and up to 14% of DEPA Infrastructures. In their statement, the union said that “the SYRIZA government is pushing for the policy of liberalizing the energy market, which leads to the striking of labour relations, while at the same time increasing prices for households, thus transforming Energy from a social commodity into an expensive commodity”.

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Workers at Athens Urban Train ISAP organised a 3-hour work stoppage in demand of the signing of a... [more]

Workers at Athens Urban Train ISAP organised a 3-hour work stoppage in demand of the signing of a new collective agreement and the hiring of permanent personnel. With this industrial action they also want to draw attention to permanent problems like delays in the ticket issue and shortages in spare parts that leads to decrease of schedules.

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The union representing local authority workers, POE-OTA, has called a 24-hour strike. The union d... [more]

The union representing local authority workers, POE-OTA, has called a 24-hour strike. The union demands that workers with hazardous jobs get paid a corresponding bonus. The union is also protesting against recent privatizations and urges the public nature of services to be safeguarded.

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The first increase in the country’s minimum wage in nearly a decade is a fact as government annou... [more]

The first increase in the country’s minimum wage in nearly a decade is a fact as government announced that the standard monthly minimum wage would rise by 11%, from 586 euro a month to 650 euro a month. More than 800.000 workers will be directly affected by the minimum wage increase. As part of the austerity measures, in 2012 the country was forced to cut back minimum wages 22% to 586 euro a month. The planned wage increases were agreed in consultation with EU lenders sand must be approved by parliament to take effect in February.

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Workers at the Greek postal service (ELTA) staged a one-day strike to protest plans for further c... [more]

Workers at the Greek postal service (ELTA) staged a one-day strike to protest plans for further cut downs in the postal service. Part of the plan is the firing of 2300 workers and shutting down 220 more branches. The proposed cuts will leave many rural parts of the country without a post office. Furthermore the union states that the ELTA should be modernized and join parcel services.

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After years of austerity and wage cuts the country is expected to see an increase of the national... [more]

After years of austerity and wage cuts the country is expected to see an increase of the national minimum wage. The cabinet still has to formally decide upon the wage increase and the precise number on 15 January 2019 but experts believe that the minimum wage will be increased with 5% to 8%. The new minimum wage will also apply to young workers and they will see the highest rise in income as currently they are paid only a sub-minimum wage especially designed for workers up to 25 years of age. An estimated 400,000 workers receive the minimum salary every month. Besides them and many flexible workers also the unemployed will benefit from an increased minimum wage as benefits are based on the minimum wage level.

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The country’s largest public sector union staged a 24-hour strike in demand of wage and pension i... [more]

The country’s largest public sector union staged a 24-hour strike in demand of wage and pension increases. Public sector workers have a loss in income up to 40% since the country had to accept financial deals with the European Union and the IMF in 2010. The union stated that since the country is returning to normal, after all the cuts in the past year they now demand decent salary increases.

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The trade union ADEDY had called for a public 24-hours strike and a protest rally to Parliament (... [more]

The trade union ADEDY had called for a public 24-hours strike and a protest rally to Parliament (see our October newsletter). The union formulated a series of demands, increase of salaries and pensions that have been slashed since the start of the crisis, the abolition of social security reforms introduced by the former labour minister and improvement of the contributions, the abolition of the ENFIA property tax and other measures to lighten the effects of austerity.

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Workers at national broadcaster ERT will organise two six-hour strikes to underline their demands... [more]

Workers at national broadcaster ERT will organise two six-hour strikes to underline their demands for hiring and the repayment of wages that they say they are owed. Trade unions POSPERT called for the walkouts that disrupted programming on state TV and radio. In an announcement, the workers threatened to step up their action and launch 24-hour strikes if the government does not satisfy their demands.

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The public sector trade union ADEDY has called for a 24-hour strike on 14 November. The union wan... [more]

The public sector trade union ADEDY has called for a 24-hour strike on 14 November. The union wants to protest against ongoing privatisation and outsourcing. However, the main demand is an increase of wages and pensions. ADEDY also calls for the abolition of the so-called Katrougalos Law that recalculates pensions.

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