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Gov’t on individual business work contracts; public utilities

Δημοσίευση 9 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:47 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Gov’t on individual business work contracts; public utilities
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“The government has the will and determination to proceed with all major, substantive and real reforms that will liberate the country’s potential, reinforce viable development and consolidate the sense of social justice,” government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis reiterated on Wednesday.

“The government has the will and determination to proceed with all major, substantive and real reforms that will liberate the country’s potential, reinforce viable development and consolidate the sense of social justice,” government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis reiterated on Wednesday.

Responding to a question on whether wages in the private sector will be directly linked with productivity as suggested on Tuesday by IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, he underlined that “there can be no further wage cuts” and underlined that “the major challenge is to increase productivity”.

He stressed, however, that “the association of the salaries earned with productivity can be considered.”

As regards the prevalence of individual business work contracts over the sector-wide work contracts, he repeated that it will take place under very specific terms, preconditions and time limitations, pointing out that the only criterion and care for the government is to preserve job positions.

“We will not let businesses to close down,” he stressed, adding that the government seeks the best and most effective solutions guaranteeing job positions, labour interests and rights.

He underlined that an understanding between the Federation of Hellenic Enterprises (SEV) and the General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) is of major importance for the government.

Responding to a question on whether the issue of individual business work contracts was discussed in the meeting the premier had on Tuesday with the IMF head, he said that they had a general discussion on the country’s economic situation, the European and the global crisis. He also pointed out that “the government acts collectively, has an independent policy and ministers who work hard.”

Referring to information that surfaced on Wednesday concerning the imposition of wage cuts in the deficit-ridden public utilities and organisations, Petalotis stated that an effort is being made to bring a balance to the salaries paid and subsequently bring social justice. He added that a relevant draft law will regulate the public utilities and their wage scales thus limiting extravagant spending.

Petalotis stated that “through the draft law in question, to be presented in the cabinet on Thursday, the government -- having public interest in mind -- is trying to reform the organizations that belong to the public sector and handle public revenues.”