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Greece’s Trade Unions, Employers Reject Troika’s Demands For Wages Cuts in Private Sector

GSEE, the trade union umbrella for the Greece private sector and Employer’s Associations came to the same conclusion after three hours of negotiations. To say “No” to Troika’s demands to lower the minimum wage and to abolish the 13th and 14th salary. GSEE chairman Yannis Panagopoulso told reporters  “It is not allowed that the government disorderly retreats to unreasonable demands of the Troika. We cannot accept a freezing of the wages, because wages are not responsible for the competitiveness.”  

The mini-agreement of the social partners will be sent to the prime minister and the political leaders, in order to strengthen the government’s position against the requirements of the Troika.

In addition, employees’ and employers’ representatives sought to begin tripartie dialogue with the government on the issues of reducing levies, solution to the problems arising from bureaucracy and taxation and increase the non-wages costs of enterprises.

 Talks among the social partners will continue.

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