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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-11-21

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Finance ministry sources report 'substantial convergence' with institutions on fiscal, justice issues
  • [02] Condolences book for former president Constantinos Stephanopoulos at presidential mansion
  • [03] ELSTAT rejects claims that official figures underestimate 'real' unemployment
  • [04] Civil servants' union federation ADEDY calls strike and rally next Thursday

  • [01] Finance ministry sources report 'substantial convergence' with institutions on fiscal, justice issues

    There has been "substantial convergence" in the negotiations between the government and the institutions' missions in Athens on all matters related to fiscal issues and justice, finance ministry sources reported on Monday.

    They said that meetings between the heads of the missions and Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, Economy Minister Dimitris Papadimitriou, Energy Minister George Stathakis and Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis were concluded in a good atmosphere, while the final technical details will be clarified over the next few days.

    [02] Condolences book for former president Constantinos Stephanopoulos at presidential mansion

    A book of condolence for former Greek president Constantine Stephanopoulos, who died in hospital on Sunday night, is to be opened at the presidential mansion on Tuesday and Wednesday. According to a presidency announcement, the entrance for the public will be from Vassilisis Georgiou II Avenue, between 10:00-14:00 and 17:00-20:00.

    [03] ELSTAT rejects claims that official figures underestimate 'real' unemployment

    Greece's independent statistical authority ELSTAT on Monday criticised a recent report by the Employment Institute of the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE) trade union group, advising "avoidance of references to 'real' unemployment rates" and rejecting suggestions that the official figures underestimated its full extent.

    In an announcement, ELSTAT said that the unemployment figures that it published, as well as other labour market parameters, were drawn up in accordance with European guidelines and definitions, decided at international statistical conferences under the aegis of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in order to produce comparable statistics across the EU and OECD.

    In response to criticism that this official figure did not take into account the workers that were under-employed, or people seeking work but not available during the period of the survey, or those available but not seeking work, ELSTAT clarified that these cases were also recorded as three separate indices after 2013, which were complementary to the unemployment rate. These recorded individuals that "shared common characteristics with those considered unemployed, on the basis of the established definition of the ILO, but did not satisfy all the criteria to be termed unemployed," ELSTAT said.

    [04] Civil servants' union federation ADEDY calls strike and rally next Thursday

    The civil servants' union federation ADEDY announced a rally in Klafthmonos Square on Thursday at 11:00, on the same day that it has declared a 24-hour general strike.

    ADEDY's strike action was decided in response to the negotiations between the government and institutions on labour issues and trade union rights, which it said would lead to new reversals, such as fully lifting restrictions on mass layoffs and further cuts to the minimum wage, as well as extending regimes of flexible hours and non full-time employment.

    Among others, ADEDY wants a stop to processes for the assessment of structures and staff, the abolition of laws reducing permanent positions, the abolition of "rented" employees, part-time employment and flexible hours employment and the abolition of laws that reduced pensions, wages and benefits.


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