Greece - Agreement at central level concluded - March 31, 2017

The employer associations and the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE), the country's largest umbrella trade union organisation, reached agreement on a new national general collective labour agreement for 2017. They agreed on the need to sign a general collective agreement with the same terms as those in previous years, both to protect the rights arising from these and ensure the continued existence of a minimum legal framework for low-paid private-sector workers. All terms introduced by the former collective agreements will continue to apply, i.e. the provisions on the three-year wage maturation periods, the marriage allowance, the Christmas and Easter allowance, the terms on motherhood, fatherhood and one-parent family protection, including all terms that are meant to protect working parents. The provisions on the 40-hour work will continue to apply, along with the provisions on vulnerable workers. The agreement also includes clauses concerning health and safety at work, undeclared employment, and discrimination, racism and intolerance.

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