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One in two workers in Greece’s private sector left out of work

The lockdown imposed almost horizontally due to the coronavirus pandemic had almost one in two private sector workers out of work, either permanently or for a limited period, according to report on labor published by the National Institute of Labor and Human Resources (EIEAD). The report shows that more than 940,000 …

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Tourism workers protest new anti-labor laws, get teargassed

Hundreds of desperate workers in the tourism and catering sectors as well as people working at Athens international airport gathered outside the Labor Ministry to protest the new anti-labor laws and the miserable working conditions that have arisen from the coronavirus pandemic. After 2.5 months of lockdown, they demanded a …

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Labor rallies on May 1 postponed for after lockdown lifting, says gov’t spokesman

Unions in Greece are already planning alternative actions to labor rallies on May 1 due to the lockdown measures. The government has decided to postpone the labor rallies and events on a later date, however, yet, it is not clear whether the lockdown-fatigued Greeks will comply with the government decision. …

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€2,000 for every newborn child in Greece as of 1.1.2020

Deputy Labor Minister Domna Michaelidou said that 2,000 euros will be given to parents of every new born child in Greece as of 1. January 2020. She revised her statement beginning of the week that that the labor benefit will be given to mothers below 30 years old. “Everybody will …

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New Democracy and leader Mitsotakis support a 7-day working week?

“If a company, with the agreement of the employees, changes the 5-day work into a 7-day business contract and more earnings and labor rights, that shows that we are in a changing environment. State, enterprises and workers have to adapt to these conditions.” leader of main opposition party New Democracy …

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Labor conditions in Greece worsened for 90% of private sector employees

Nine in ten employees in the private sector in Greece faced worsening labor conditions in the years of the debt crisis, according to a survey carried out for the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) on the occasion of the 100th-year anniversary of its founding. The 90 percent of respondents …

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How Greeks end up in sham jobs in the Czech Republic

A large number of employment agencies have been hiring cheap labor across Europe. But many Greeks have fallen victim to high expectations and fraudulent recruitment deals.   Like most Greeks, Nikos Varthimiadis is bust. Bad debts ruined his bakery last year, pushing the middle-aged man and father of three into …

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Labor Ministry to reduce fines for undeclared work, raise minimum wage

Fines for undeclared work will be reduced in order to create incentives for full time jobs, Labour Minister Efi Achtsioglou revealed right after Christmas. In an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), Labour Minister Efi Achtsioglou revealed plans to overhaul the architecture of the fine system for undeclared labour …

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OECD report: Greece only country that increased taxes, VAT and social contributions in 2016

Greece is defying the prevalent trend among the world’s industrialized nations for reducing tax rates in order to boost investment and competitiveness, a report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has shown. In contrast Greece has increased labor and corporate taxes, Value Added Tax as well …

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“We are planning the next day for Greece,” says PM Tsipras

The summer of 2017 will be calmer but this was not a time for complacence, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday in an televised interview with Greece’s Alpha channel, one day after Greece’s successfully ventured forth to tap the markets. “We took an important step, which marks the beginning …

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ETUI: Wages in Greece fall at 3.1% annually since 2009

Workers are still not feeling economic recovery: wages are lower now than they were eight years ago in seven EU member states, according to new research published today by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). The research also shows that in 18 EU countries …

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Crucial program review negotiations end without agreement

The critical negotiations between Greece and the lenders aiming to conclude the second program review …concluded at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday without agreement. Main issues that still remain open are the Labor and the Fiscal ones. There was some convergence in the fiscal issues, the gap decreased to 600 million …

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