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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-04-14

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  • [01] Papandreou to visit OTE on Tuesday

  • [01] Papandreou to visit OTE on Tuesday

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou will visit the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE) headquarters in Maroussi on Tuesday to meet with its staff union OME-OTE and talk with members of OTE's workforce, party spokesman George Papaconstantinou announced on Monday.

    He stressed that PASOK was opposed to the loss of state control over OTE through its sale to the German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom, both as a matter of principle but also because of the manner and price at which DT acquired its share of OTE.

    "We consider that this major telecommunications organisation with an important position in the Balkans is being sold at a price that in no way corresponds to its current value," Papaconstantinou said.

    Referring to an off-the-agenda debate on the economy scheduled to be held in Parliament on Thursday, meanwhile, he said that the main opposition wanted to raise a whole range of issue concerning the Greek economy, including the recent slowdown in growth rates, slipping competitiveness, record foreign exchange deficits and "daily life" issues for citizens.

    He stressed that Greek families and households were finding it more and more difficult to make ends meet, even to the extent of going hungry, and that no policies were addressing this issue.

    In other statements, meanwhile, PASOK's 'shadow' employment minister Evi Christofilopoulou said the government was now targeting "a new set of victims" after ordinary salaried employees, ignoring the "reactions against the unfair Karamanlis social insurance laws that were escalating and becoming an avalanche".

    Freelance workers, those in heavy and hazardous jobs and civil servants were next in line, Christofilopoulou said and pledged PASOK's support for workers and insured, and to use all legal means to overturn the government measures.

    PASOK's Political Council will meet on Tuesday morning to discuss a number of proposals made by Papandreou concerning political, organisational and election planning fo the party.

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