Earlier in the day, Antonis Samaras, the leader of conservative New Democracy, which is the second-largest party in the coalition but the most popular in the polls, had discussed the issue of wages in the private sector with labor unionists. Samaras reiterated his opposition to calls for cuts to the 13th and 14th salaries paid to private sector workers, arguing that such austerity measures would only aggravate a deepening recession.
The ND leader also expressed his opposition to plans for the government to bypass Parliament and force through the legislation. He was speaking after a meeting with representatives of the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE), the country’s largest labor union.
The union has refused to discuss the abolition of the 13th and 14th salaries and the lowering of the minimum wage. Samaras struck a similar stance on Monday, noting that wage costs rank relatively low in factors affecting a country’s competitiveness.