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A new social security bill will lead to varying increases in pensions according to Labour Ministr... [more]

A new social security bill will lead to varying increases in pensions according to Labour Ministry officials. The ministry stated that any cost will be covered for 2020 by the social budget. The main pension increases will only concern those who retire after 30 to 44 years of insured labour.

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In protest against a requirement that all property transfers should be recorded electronically, t... [more]

In protest against a requirement that all property transfers should be recorded electronically, the unions of notaries from Athens and Piraeus called on their members to strike. The notaries said they are not opposed to taking over the responsibility from tax authorities, but warned about the lack of a legislative framework that will allow them to carry out these transactions safely for citizens and the state.

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PAME Trade Union Front held militant demonstrations in Athens and many big cities of Greece again... [more]

PAME Trade Union Front held militant demonstrations in Athens and many big cities of Greece against the Parliament vote of “the new ‘anti-workers’ state budget for 2020”. In the demonstrations the need to prepare for a new general strike and to strengthen solidarity with refugees and migrants was also stressed.

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The Federation of unions of Greek banks employees launched a 24-hour strike across the country. T... [more]

The Federation of unions of Greek banks employees launched a 24-hour strike across the country. The mobilization is the response of the Federation OTOE to the recent lay-off at the Piraeus Bank. On the same day, OTOE launched a protest outside the Labour Ministry in Athens. Strikers call on Piraeus Bank to immediately withdraw the lay-offs and to comply with the agreement they have proposed.

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The European Commission has published an ‘Enhanced surveillance report’ on Greece which provides ... [more]

The European Commission has published an ‘Enhanced surveillance report’ on Greece which provides a comprehensive framework for monitoring economic developments. On page 22 of this document it reports that the new Development Bill of October 2019 introduced a number of changes to the collective bargaining framework. The Bill introduces the possibility of opting out from sectoral-level bargaining for certain businesses. It also amends the procedure for the extension of sectoral agreements that is no longer automatic, but at the discretion of the Minister of Labour subject to specific conditions. Other new elements include the creation of a public registry for employer associations and for trade unions in order to better verify their representativeness, and a restriction to the unilateral recourse to arbitration.

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The trade union of public servants in Attica organised an event – under the slogan: ‘The class-or... [more]

The trade union of public servants in Attica organised an event – under the slogan: ‘The class-oriented movement is moving forward with solidarity and internationalism’ – to inform its members about the upcoming Congress of the Trade Union International of Public & Allied Employees (TUI PS&A) that will take place. The participants discussed the TUI Report of Action in Europe, the goals of the conference and the need to further strengthen the action on sectoral struggles.

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Greece’s unemployment rate fell to 16.9% in July from a revised 17.1% in the previous month, data... [more]

Greece’s unemployment rate fell to 16.9% in July from a revised 17.1% in the previous month, data from the country’s statistics service ELSTAT showed. Seasonally adjusted data showed the number of unemployed at 797,218 people, with younger persons aged up to 24 being the largest demographic group of people out of work. Among younger persons aged 15 to 24, the unemployment rate fell to 32.9% from 37.8% in the same month in 2018.

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Public sector workers in Greece have staged a  strike in protest against the conservative governm... [more]

Public sector workers in Greece have staged a  strike in protest against the conservative government's planned legislation to deregulate the labour market. The strike has immobilized transport links, banks and news agencies and caused widespread disruption. Athens airport services and railways in and beyond the capital were severely affected. Ferries serving islands also stopped their service and the journalists' union announced a media shutdown for the duration of the strike.

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Greek workers and trade unions went on a massive strike, denouncing anti-worker programs and poli... [more]

Greek workers and trade unions went on a massive strike, denouncing anti-worker programs and policies incorporated in a new development bill that has been proposed by the conservative New Democracy (ND) government. The call for the strike was given by the communist trade union, the All Workers Militant Front (PAME). Athens city buses and electric trolleys remained parked resulting in a gridlock on the roads. The light rail and passenger shipping also remained stationary. Government services were closed. Public schools were closed and hospitals operated on skeleton staff. Flights were grounded for three hours. Although the strike was primarily a public sector one, private-sector unions were also present. Banks remained closed and some retail, construction and telecommunications workers' unions joined protest marches to Parliament.

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After making it easier for employers to fire workers, the new New Democracy government is going t... [more]

After making it easier for employers to fire workers, the new New Democracy government is going to push a measure that would require unions to let workers vote electronically to prove there’s a majority for any prospective strikes. Labour Minister Yiannis Vroutis said electronic voting will soon be required. Also under discussion is the creation of a special web page for employers where trade unions can publish strike actions.

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