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GSEE: Crisis in presidiium following high-level resignations

Δημοσίευση 6 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 09:20 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
GSEE: Crisis in presidiium following high-level resignations
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The secretary general and alternate president of the General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) resigned from their posts on Saturday during a tension-filled meeting of the umbrella trade federation's presidium, in protest over handling and choices by GSEE president Yiannis Panagopoulos.

The secretary general and alternate president of the General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) resigned from their posts on Saturday during a tension-filled meeting of the umbrella trade federation's presidium, in protest over handling and choices by GSEE president Yiannis Panagopoulos.

A furor erupted earlier in the week over reports that Panagopoulos was present at a meeting on Wednesday between the Federation of Hellenic Enterprises (SEB) presidium and the so-called "social partners" on labor relations.

SEB president Dimitris Daskalopoulos said on Thursday that the GSEE leadership had indeed been present at Wednesday's meeting with the social partners, and that negotiations with GSEE representatives lasted for six hours.

Earlier Panagopoulos had denied reports of an agreement between GSEE and employers for a reduction in private sector wages, calling reports "fabricated" and an "orchestrated vileness that serves the interests of employers' circles", while he also reiterated GSEE's demand for collective labour agreements and their universal application and extension.

On his part, Daskalopoulos said that while no agreement reached, a discussion with social partners was held regarding an agreement that will consolidate the flexibility and validity of collective work contracts. He also downgraded the proposals concerning a 6-day work week and overtime work contained in a list of 250 impediments to entrepreneurship released by SEB.

During a heated meeting on Saturday, GSEE secretary general V. Bouzoulas and alternate president George Gavrilis resigned in disagreement with Panagopoulos' management and choices.

Bouzoulas accused Panagopoulos of secretly negotiating with SEB without the knowledge of the federation's presidium.

Bouzoulas and Gavrilis clarified, however, that they will not resign from the other GSEE bodies, and called for the convening of an electoral congress, which was rejected by Panagopoulos, who said that the GSEE board was recently elected with a wide majority.