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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-11-22

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  • [01] SEV presents positions on labor reform
  • [02] 64 pct of Greeks want to become businessmen
  • [03] Greek online supermarket business at premature stage
  • [04] Special policies for the islands by the end of the year, says Dep. Shipping and Islands Policy Minister

  • [01] SEV presents positions on labor reform

    The Federation of Hellenic Enterprises (SEV) on Monday presented its positions in an ongoing negotiation on labour issues between the Greek government and the institutions, during a meeting with Labour minister and representatives of trade unions.

    SEV said it supported the preservation of supremacy of business contracts over sectorial contracts, deregulating group dismissals with social plans funded by community sources and abolishing an obligatory arbitration in labour disputes.

    More analytically, SEV said that a large number of enterprises must be restructured in order to survive. This is not related with the sector of activity of each enterprise. On the contract, there are enterprises in every sector that perform well and several that could survie only with drastic restructuring. The current regulation offering business labour contracts supremacy over sectorial contracts, safeguarded the survival of several enterprises and job positions. Any opt out criteria could have significant risks on their implementation, SEV said.

    On group dismissals, the Federation proposed an open program with community funding to cover their expenses. At present and for some years to come, group dismissals cover cases of life and death for some productive units. Therefore, any further financial burdening would jeopardise the preservation of the remaining job positions in these units.

    SEV said Greece should a way to implement international rules that do not envisage unilateral resort to arbitration in labor disputes and noted that obligatory arbitration was a fundamental distortion of the landscape of free collective bargaining and has accumulated several problems in the past. The Federation said Greece should adopt only voluntary arbitration.

    [02] 64 pct of Greeks want to become businessmen

    A 64 pct of Greeks want to become businessmen, Amway said its seventh annual global survey released on Tuesday.

    The survey, conducted in cooperation with the Tech University of Munich, records public trends on entrepreneurship throughout Europe, including Greece. Compared with 2015, Greek respondents were less positive towards entrepreneurship (64 pct) in 2016 from 69 pct last year.

    A 63 pct of Greek resondents said they wanted to become businessmen, a 36 pct said they were convinced they had the abilities to set up a business, while a 55 pct said they would not abandon their intention to set up an enterprise even if their families or friends tried to convinced them otherwise.

    A 48 pct of Greeks said they felt at ease with starting their own business, while a 49 pct said they felt discomfort, with respondents in younger ages (below 35 years) recording the higher percentage rates (60 pct) compared with other age groups (35-49: 49 pct and over 50 years: 35 pct).

    Greek also felt more comfortable with being their own boss (42 pct), while prospects for a secondary income (33 pct) was also an attractive prospect.

    Amway said a 35 pct of European citizens saw self-employment as more likely in the next five years.

    [03] Greek online supermarket business at premature stage

    The online supermarket sector is still at a premature stage in Greece, a survey by ELTRUN, the e-commerce and business laboratory of the Economic University of Athens said.

    The survey, based on a sample of 500 online consumers, said that a 25 pct on online consumers have purchased systematically supermarket products through the internet. This trend is related with difficulties in choosing fresh products and the high delivery cost of specific products ordered online. However, the percentage of online purchases is expected to rise helped by upgraded new online services offered by large supermarkets and a dynamic appearance of digital supermarkets.

    More than half participants in the survey said they ordered online to take advantage of specific offers, a trend prevailing in the last 4-5 years during which Greek consumers are increasingly seeking offers.

    The results of the survey said that the biggest percentage of consumers said they were satisfied with delivery experience, while consumers were less satisfied with other advanced services such as order returns and access on information over delivery stages.

    [04] Special policies for the islands by the end of the year, says Dep. Shipping and Islands Policy Minister

    The government is considering to implement special policies for the islands, said Deputy Shipping and Islands Policy minister Nektarios Santorinios during his visit to Rhodes adding that the relevant initiatives will be announced by the end of the year.

    According to Santorinios, the government "must bring the state close to the citizen and because in the last years the state, due to the memorandum policies, was absent we must find a way the islander to feel the state near him."

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