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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-05-21

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  • [01] SYRIZA leader on social security

  • [01] SYRIZA leader on social security

    ANA/MPA--Main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras, addressing a pensioners' rally on Monday evening, stressed the need for the creation of a nationwide pensioners' solidarity network, and announced a series of SYRIZA policies to strengthen social insurance funds.

    Tsipras said it was time to set up a network, a pylon of solidarity and action in the pensioners' sector of a nationwide structure that will comprehensively support pensioners and make SYRIZA's work in this age group more effective as well.

    Replying to statements by the prime minister and government officials on optimistic evaluations regarding the country's exit from the crisis, the SYRIZA leader said that they have failed in all of their predictions. "The internal and external troika and the apparatus of their propaganda are trying to convince us that things are getting better."

    The proposals Tsipras made included, the enactment of new public funds for social insurance that will not burden the lower and medium-level incomes.

    A social clause in public projects: A percentage of the value of the project undertaken, to be paid by the contractor in every case of contracts for the assignment of public works and state procurements contracts.

    Moreover, a contribution on the total number of transactions effected through public, private or cooperative-credit foundations of all types. This contribution will burden exclusively the credit foundations and will be limited to a small percentage on the value of the transactions.

    Contribution on stock exchange transactions: This contribution must burden both participants in the transaction. Tsipras used the example of the recent rally in the Athens Stock Exchange, saying that social security funds could have made large revenues.

    Replying to Tsipras, government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said the main opposition leader is appealing to pensioners, doubting whatever good thing is taking place in Greece, promising to impose taxes and more taxes that lead to recession and more recession.

    "By telling lies and more lies in a delirium of disaster talk, he is aiming once again to divide the Greek people into Left and Right. We are struggling to unite and recover Greece," Kedikoglou said.

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