Greece -Unions and employers both resist further wage reduction -February 1, 2012

Both employers and trade unions seem unified in their resistance to the pressure of the Papademos government for a further reduction of private sector wages. In their talks of Wednesday 25 January, both parties agreed that the current minimum wage of €751 monthly and the two extra monthly salaries that many private sector workers receive each year should not be reduced or scrapped. Yiannis Panagopoulos, president of the private sector union confederation GSEE, criticized the government for suggesting that it might force a law through Parliament that adjusts salaries if it is not happy with the outcome of union and employer talks. Meanwhile, in a press interview Poul Thomsen, head of the delegation to Greece of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), indicated that the 13th and 14th salaries need not be cut if authorities would lower the minimum wage and move ahead with closing down state-backed entities, leading to job cuts in the broader civil service (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December 2011).



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