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40% of Greek workers don’t get paid for overtime work, survey shows

Forty percent of workers, working overtime, is not paid for their extra working hours, a survey by the largest private sector trade union umbrella GSEE has found. A 73% of workers demand to be paid for their overtime work instead of taking leave or day off

The survey showed that 52% of workers said they worked more than normal working hours on a weekly basis. Of them, 25% said they worked 1-3 hours more, 17%t said they worked 4-6 hours more, 4% said they worked 7-8 hours more and  6% said they worked more than 9 hours more.

A 52% of workers with overtime work is not paid for overtime work and a 60% of part-time workers said they worked more than 20 hours per week.

The survey also showed that a 53% of respondents were pessimistic over the country’s course in the coming months. 35% said they were pessimistic over their jobs and a 56% were optimistic.

They survey has been conducted as the government prepares a “reforms bill” on labor rights that will ‘legally’ scrap the payment of overtime work in exchange of days off as well as the 8-hour work per day.

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