Labour Minister Louka Katseli on Monday met with social partners and responding to a question on the pressures exerted by troika (IMF-ECB-EU) underlined that “the government and the social partners have stated their positions clearly” as far as individual sector work contracts are concerned.

Referring to the roughly 40 sector work contracts waiting for her signature, Katseli stressed their signing is a matter of time in expectation of the appointment of a new ministry general secretary. The meeting also focused on the upgrading of the Supreme Labour Council’s role to promote work peace and contribute to the normalization of relations between employers and employees.

On their part, the social partners, Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), Hellenic Confederation of Professionals Craftsmen and Merchants (GSEVEE), Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), and National Confederation of Hellenic Commerce (ESEE) backed the minister’s positions in favour of the council’s reform.

It was underlined that healthy competition, as well as, companies and employees should be protected and that the sector work contracts will not abolished.

In statements made after the meeting, the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE) leadership urged the workers to proceed with the signing of sector collective work contracts.