Greece - The IMF-dictate ruins the social model - April 30, 2017

In a blog the effects of the IMF-policy are described. Since the introduction of a series of legislative reforms between 2010 to 2012, to satisfy the ‘troika’ of lenders coordinating its bailout programme, free collective bargaining – the negotiation of wages between employers and employees – has been all but abolished. Of an original 18 industry level collective agreements, just 3 remain. Cynically enough, the IMF has described the almost extinct dialogue between employers’ associations and trade unions as EU ‘best practice’.

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