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9 out of 10 Workers in Greece have reduced essential goods consumption

9 out of 10 workers in Greece have reduced consumption of essential goods, a recent survey conducted on behalf of the private sector union umbrella General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) and the Labor Institute. One out of two respondent also said that they do not get paid for overtime …

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Hospital worker arrested for tipping funeral service of patients’ imminent death

Police has arrested two stretcher-bearers at the public hospital on the island of Lesvos who took bribes from the owner of a funeral parlor to inform him which patients were in critical condition and likely to die. The arrests on Tuesday followed a complaint filed at the local police station. …

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New protection measures for delivery workers

A new ministerial decision bring additional measures to protect workers at the sector of delivery services. The new measures include obligations on both sides, from proper maintenance and insurance of motorbikes to proper equipment provided by employees including helmets and full-length waterproof jackets. These are “protection rules that will save …

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Greece abolishes mandatory Covid-masks in hospitals; Exceptions

Greece abolishes the mandatory use of masks against Covid-19 by personnel in hospitals and health structures. There are exceptions, though, for personnel dealing with high risk groups of patients. The Health Ministry decision published on the official gazette on Monday, July 23, 2023. A new lifting of measures against the …

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Allowance of €534 for workers at businesses closed due to fires

An allowance of 534 euros per month for up to three months will be provided for employees of businesses that were forced to close due to the fires, Labor Minister Adonis Georgiadis said on Monday. “We have already submitted an amendment to the finance ministry bill, according to which businesses, …

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Work stoppage at trolley buses in Athens, June 15

Workers at trolley buses in Athens will hold a work stoppage on Thursday, June 15, 2023. Τhe work stoppage will take place from noon Thursday and will last until 04:00 p.m. The work stoppage aims to facilitate employees at trollry buses to attend the general assembly of their union at …

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Greece’s farmers in desperate need of foreign workers

Farmers in northern Greece are desperately seeking help abroad to get their fruit and other crops picked, as local youth disdain farm work and the once-reliable Albanian farmhands now prefer to chase jobs in northern European Union countries. Farm unionists in the regional units of Imathia and Pella, where peach …

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Train workers launch one more 24h strike in Greece

Greece’s railway unions announced one more 24-hour strike on Monday, March 6, 2023. The strike affects all train services carried out by Hellenic Train, said the company, including all Athens suburban railway services Proastiakos. The Panhellenic Railway Federation plans meetings with the Transport Ministry and political parties. “It’s time for …

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Greece in need of hospitality and food service workers

More than 100,000 jobs in hospitality sector are expected to remain vacant in the tourism industry in 2023, the President of the Panhellenic Hoteliers’ Association (POX) Grigoris Tassios has estimated, causing a headache again this year due to the lack of hands in the country’s heavy industry. At the same …

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Actors, theater workers on 48-hour strike

Actors and theater workers have called a 48-hour strike on Wednesday and Thursday in protest at a draft government bill on pay in the sector. Strikers extend their mobilization to daily TV series sets where cameras will be off for the same two days. The strike is been joined also …

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Worker shortage in ambulance service hurts emergency response

Ambulance workers warn that they face a major worker shortage that is slowing emergency response times across the country. Currently, 45 ambulances are used during daytime and 28 ambulances at night in Attica, according to the National Center for Emergency Care (EKAV). International standards recommend provision of one ambulance for …

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Trolley buses workers in Athens on 4h work stoppage, Oct 12 UPD

Workers on Athens trolley buses have announced a four-hour work stoppage on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. The work stoppage will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. According to an announcement by the ILPAP Employees Union, the work stoppage aims to demand the immediate signature of a collective bargain …

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Platform for “social tourism program” opens June 15; beneficiaries categories

The platform for submitting applications for the “social tourism program,” which concerns 300,000 beneficiaries, opens on Wednesday, June 15, at 13:00 and will “run” for the period from 1 August 2022 to 31 July 2023. Its budget is 35 million euros, an amount increased by 5 million euros compared to …

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Grevena: Powerful explosion in explosives factory; 3 workers missing

A powerful explosion in a factory producing explosives in Grevena, northern Greece, completely destroyed the facility, while three workers are being missing. A guard survived injured and was transferred to hospital in state of shock. The explosion occurred short after 8:30 Monday morning in the village Itea and was heard …

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