Greece - Unions organise actions as workers face growing precariousness - February 28, 2017

While unemployment has fallen by three points in two years, new jobs are mainly part time or temporary. According to the Labour Ministry, over 22% of workers are employed half-time or part-time and earn less than €400 gross per month. The Ministry is in negotiation with the country’s creditors (European Central Bank, EU, and International Monetary Fund) to release a tranche of the €86 billion. After making pressure on the government to increase VAT on food and on the hotel industry, adopt a pensions reform, and increase sickness insurance contributions, the creditors are demanding a law to facilitate collective dismissals and allow employers to temporarily close down their enterprise following an industrial dispute. The trade unions have been organising rallies and demonstrations for several months, and complain of the government’s failure to consult on these issues. Meanwhile, thousands of people gathered in central Athens to protest against this latest round of austerity measures as the parties agreed to resume talks on new reforms.

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