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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-10-29

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  • [01] Labour law under scrutiny

  • [01] Labour law under scrutiny

    Labour relations in Greece displayed such obvious symptoms of disorder and problems of arbitrary abuse that, in several instances, it appeared as though Greece had decided to abolish protection for workers altogether, Labour and Social Insurance Minister Andreas Loverdos stated on Thursday. He stressed that his own priority would be to solve the problems that can be solved.

    He was speaking after the first meeting of a committee put together to examine labour law and propose improvements that would restore functioning mechanisms and guarantees for the protection of employees, especially for the more flexible forms of employment involving part-time, temporary or "rented" staff.

    The minister accused the preceding New Democracy government of adopting a clumsy, neoliberal approach to these issues that seemed to show that the above state of affairs was a conscious political choice.

    Stressing that the committee would not receive a fee, Loverdos said that its task would be to highlight the existing guarantee mechanisms that were not being enforced in practice and to propose new measures in the framework of union law.

    He also clarified that public dialogue on the proposed reforms would be conducted within the committee, so that the proposed measures could be tabled in Parliament or enforced as soon as its work was done.

    "In this sense, I am waiting for proposals about when we can finish our work. On my part, I propose December 15," the minister added.

    Loverdos also underlined, in response to questions, that the government would not back down from its decision to not give extra points to staff in public-sector vocational training 'Stage' programmes seeking permanent jobs in the public sector.

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