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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-03-01

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Equal Working Rights
  • [02] G. Papandreou: Clash with Interests
  • [03] Spain Holds Crucial Regional Vote

  • [01] Equal Working Rights

    The Greek Interior Ministry is pushing forward a major provision concerning employees under employment contracts of indefinite duration. The provision will make sure they get entitled to equal pay and hierarchy rights with permanent employees. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos said the relevant draft bill will be submitted to Parliament in the days to come, stressing that the provision will give highly-qualified employees the opportunity to be appointed to senior posts.

    The Interior Minister said that employees working under employment contracts of indefinite duration will be able to become directors, since several of them are highly qualified, yet the current situation does not allow them to have such rights.

    Pavlopoulos hailed the provision as a "radical change" that wraps up the institutional reforms made after the constitution was revised in 2001.

    News item: 19548

    [02] G. Papandreou: Clash with Interests

    The government lacks a plan to tackle the crisis, reiterated Socialist leader George Papandreou in his interview with Sunday paper Kathimerini tis Kyriakis. Papandreou did not rule out bank nationalizations, noting he will not hesitate to clash with privileges and interests. Greece has been ungoverned for quite some time and it has to enter a new growth phase, underlined Papandreou.

    The Greek opposition leader expressed his conviction that Greece has been ungoverned for quire some time, stressing that putting an end to the impasse is a highest deed of responsibility.

    Papandreou reiterated his call for snap elections, not ruling out bank nationalizations. He also heralded a "public pillar" capable of making the banking system boost real economy.

    He then went on to highlight his model for "green development," stressing that his goal is to have the public administration manned based on meritocracy.

    In the meantime, commenting on the meeting George Papandreou had with 12 businessmen on Monday, leading Socialist officials stressed that their President held not secret meetings. He claimed it was yet another meeting with businessmen and unionists, where opinions on the problems the nation faces were brought up.

    It seems that the capital cannot do with the obvious guarantees offered by PASOK, they need more secret ones, commented the Greek Communist Party (KKE).

    Holding secret dinners, Papandreou failed to live up to the expectations, stressed LAOS (Popular Orthodox Rally) spokesman Kyriakos Velopoulos.

    Source: NET, NET 105.8

    News item: 19539

    [03] Spain Holds Crucial Regional Vote

    Around 1.7 million Basques are called upon to vote in elections on Sunday for the government in Spain's most turbulent region. The Basque Nationalist Party, or PNV, has ruled the 75-seat parliament in this semiautonomous region for most of the past 30 years, on a platform that courts separatist sentiments.

    This time, however, some analysts predict big gains for Spain's Socialist Party, which wants to retain strong links with central government.

    The parliament will be the first to exclude the participation of radical nationalist parties supporting the armed separatist group ETA.

    The Madrid-based Supreme Court in February barred candidate lists submitted by two parties - Askatasuna and Demokrazia 3 Milioi - on the grounds that they are directly linked to the banned Batasuna party. Batasuna was outlawed in 2003 for being the political wing of ETA.

    Hardline separatists have complained that the exclusion makes Sunday's vote undemocratic.

    ETA has killed more than 825 people during a violent separatist campaign since the late 1960s to try to establish an independent Basque country straddling northern Spain and southwestern France.

    The PNV, which rejects ETA's violence, insists Basques have the democratic right to decide by referendum whether to remain part of Spain or break away.

    The Socialist party - citing Spain's constitution - maintains that only Spain's central government can invoke referendums.

    Regional elections also take place in northwestern Galicia on Sunday, where the Socialist Party of Galicia (PSG) and the Galician Nationalist Block (BNG) could form a ruling coalit

    Source: The Associated Press

    News item: 19545


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