That’s an unbelievable challenge for the debt-ridden Greek society! The collective bargain signed between Greece’s Public Power Company and powerful union GENOP-DEH electrocutes large parts of the unemployment- and austerity-hit Greeks of the country’s private sector.
Four unions of workers at Greece’s Public Power Company (DEH) signed a collective bargain agreement with the employer, granting themselves, a what could be considered “an additional wage per year” in form of allowances. It is the first collective bargain signed under the new Greek government and thus with GENOP-DEH, the most powerful union in Greece.
Main points of the PPC-workers’ collective bargain are:
1) 6 euro per day for food “with the purpose to serve the operational needs of the company, the work conditions improvement and the productivity increase,” as stated in the bargain.
By €6 per day x 25 working days per month, the workers will receive additionally €150 per month that translates into “8%-10% salary hikes,” as Greek media report.
2) Ensure that no salary cuts will take place.
3) Employer PPC commits itself to not proceed with the dismissal of workers for any economic-technical reasons.
4) Employer PPC is obliged to pay allowance for “successful subsistence,” and “subsistence”. The first refers to employees who have reached the top of the wage scale but are unable to retirement due to the recent changes. They will receive allowance equal to ‘half step on salary scale.’ The second allowance will refer to employees who have been unable to climb into the wage scale due to “incompetence” or “lack of skills”.
5) Employees at the PPC customer services (front office) will have extra four days vacation per year.
6) Unionists will receive “shift allowance” although they enjoy “unionists’ leave” and “are not physically present at work.”
The collective bargain with duration of three years was signed on Friday between the management of PPC and union-umbrella GENOP-DEH as well as 13 of the 24 PPC-unions.
Greek Public Power Company (DEH) is a state-run enterprise with some 15,000 employees.
According to media, the three allowances will increase the PPC-workers’ income at an average of €1,800 per year.
Some of the PPC unions have reacted to the collective bargain citing several reasons, among them the “shift allowance for unionists”, “the union contribution increase to €2” and the time period of the signing of the agreement.
GENOP-DEH is one of the most powerful unions in Greece. It came under media and society criticism due to the benefits it was receiving amid the economic crisis. Talk had it that GENOP-DEH Chairman Fotopoulos, a former PASOK member, was to be a SYRIZa candidate at the elections, but the project failed due to storng reactions from SYRIZA members and voters.
Now the usual mean Greeks lash out at the “alive and kicking kingdom of Greek unionists” and urge them “to cut electricity prices instead of granting wage increases to themselves.”
And herewith, dear KTG-readers, we are back to the future past, with parts of the narrow and broader public administration workers and employees to keep enjoying benefits and allowances while the worker in the private sector has to be satisfied with temporary and part-time jobs for roughly €500 – €700 per month, waiting for months for his payment.
Indicative for the top wages in Greek PPC is a statement issued by union Spartakus (one of those signed the collective bargain). The statement issued 17. February 2015 was warning of possible wages cuts and complaining that of the top PPC -wages at €4.750 gross, employees and workers receive only €2,620 net due to the very many social security and other contributions.
Should I suppose that PPC-employees do not want to pay taxes and contributions?
I don’t know if food allowance refers to an “8%-10% salary increase” but I do know that some households with one or none employee would be glad to have €28 per month to buy bread. And, No! It is not an excuse that “the new Greek government will take measures to tackle the humanitarian crisis, give free electricity and free housing and food stamps.”
Such salaries gross or net in a privileged sector already enjoying several allowances and benefits and thus in a state-run enterprise are a Scandal!
PS In hope, the new Greek government will take into consideration the people’s reactions 🙂