Hundreds of pensioners gathered on Tuesday morning outside the Labor Ministry in Athens to protest the new cuts in their pensions. It is the second cut in supplementary pensions this year. As it was implemented retroactive, many pensioners were shocked in the first days of September see even more than 55% of their previous monthly income to have simply disappeared.
One pensioner complained about the cuts saying “I worked from 1958 until 2000, always insured at TEVE [fund for self-employed]. Now my pension is down to 890 euro from 1,200.”
In the so-called second package of pension cuts, that affected the private sector, some pensioners received €30 up to €150 less thins month. The cuts were implemented without taking into consideration vulnerable social groups, like pensioners with disability over 80% or widows.
Some supplementary pensions disappeared by up to 54%.
A widow receiving pension from the private sector Fund for Employees (IKA), saw half of her supplementary pension to vanish in the air. From €149 previously, she got only €75!
Another pensioner told media that with all the cuts of recent years, his pension was cut by 250 euro in total.
“With crumbs and lies we won’t compromises, we demand the stolen money back,” the elderly chanted demanding see Minister Giorgos Katrougalos.
The Minister had nothing else to tell them than “I implemented the law.” – Of course, the law he himself had introduced, after the lenders’ pressure or not it irrelevant.
To tell you the truth I have no idea whether all protesting pensioners were of the pure private sector of hard-working people who worked all their life to go home of a pension of 600 euro or from the banking sector, people who went into early retirement at their 52-55 with more than 2,000 euro.
The first package of cuts in supplementary pensions implemented in July affected mainly the civil servants. The cuts were not as shocking as in the private sector.
Business as usual. But as the Labor Minister loves ot reiterate: main pensions have not and will not be cut.