To work or not to work? To work in Greece or to migrate abroad? This dilemma is something that thousands of Greece’s youth below 25 years old will have to answer before starting their professional life in the debt-ridden country. But even for those above 25 who get a job in IMF-times of austerity and unemployment things are not much rosier.
The new austerity package bill determines a minimum wage of 510,95 euro gross per month for employees below 25.
In a country where youth unemployment is over 55%, the lucky ones to get a job will be in the preferential position to earn 660 euro gross per month after working for the same employer for 10 whole years.
The minimum wage for those below 25 will get 10% increase every three years and for 3×3 years. After 9 years of work they will earn 660 euro gross per month.
In much better position and with real wealth perspective are those above 25 years old:
Minimum wage is fixed to 586,08 euro gross per month. They will receive 10% salary raises every three years and up to 3×3 years. That is after 9 years of work those starting with the minimum wage now, will be receiving 761 euro gross.
Minimum daily compensation for unskilled workers will be:
Workers below 25 : 22,83 euro and 5% hikes every three years for 2x3years. A total of 10% hike for 6 years of work will benefit the lucky worker with 24.83 euro per day.
Workers above 25: 26.18 euro and 5% hikes every three years for 6x3years. A total of 30% for 18 years of work. That means that the worker will receive the amazing daily compensation of 33,80 euro per day after 18 years of work.
Part-time employees will be benefited with the superb amount of 255 euro per month, that is 2×100-euro bank notes or 4×50-euro bank notes.
All these nice wages and salaries for work of at least 40 hours per week.
510 euro:4 weeks = 127 euro per week :40 hours = 3.18 euro per hour gross
No matter if one has a university degree or finished a technical college, no matter if one gets a first job without a previous work experience or has worked for ten years in a notjer field, s/he will get paid with the minimum wage.
In times where jobs are as rare as money, many people work without insurance and social security, Part-time work is on the rise in order to avoid social contributions on the side of employers. Part-timers have zero chance to receive unemployment allowance.
An always increasing number of people work and wait to be paid for more than 6 months. Impossible? Possible in Greece.
How can one live and even create a family with 510/580 euro per month? Probably the same way that s/he will be able to get a pension of 200 euros after 40 years of work. If still alive…
At the same time, the bill foresees that the minimum wage will be decided by the Minister of Labour and not between the unions and other social institutions and the employers as in the past.
These regulations will be valid until unemployment falls at 10%. Currently, unemployment is at 25% with rising tendency.
And here we are in proud position to announce that employees and workers of an EU country return to the dark working conditions of pre-industrialization times. We need a Charles Dickens to write down the modern Greek drama.
Taking into consideration that consumer prices (food, utilities, ticket fares etc) remain high, I believe it’s a matter of time that they will establish poor houses in Athens and other cities across the country. Provided, the Troika will let them.
PS When I wrote in February 2012, that Greeks will work for 2 euro per hour, some doubted my calculations and had asked for double checking.. Here you have it black on white.