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Labour minister on labour relations; unemployment

Δημοσίευση 11 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:09 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Labour minister on labour relations; unemployment
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The need to prevent the likelihood of more closed businesses and a further increase of unemployment was invoked on Friday by Labour Minister Louka Katseli and ruling PASOK parliamentary spokesman MP Christos Protopapas, who defended a draft law submitted in Parliament late on Thursday.

The need to prevent the likelihood of more closed businesses and a further increase of unemployment was invoked on Friday by Labour Minister Louka Katseli and ruling PASOK parliamentary spokesman MP Christos Protopapas, who defended a draft law submitted in Parliament late on Thursday.

Responding to a current question by opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) on labour relations, Katseli stated that “presently, certain businesses have a survival problem and an institutional framework is necessary allowing for flexibility in agreement with the workers,” adding that “this clause is useful not only in conditions of crisis.”

She stated that the troika (IMF, ECB, EU) had pressured for absolute prevalence of individual business work contracts over the sector-wide work contracts and underlined that the government strongly objected to such a likelihood on the grounds that such a decision cannot be implemented unconditionally because it would have led to unfair competition and “jungle-like conditons”.

The argument used by SYRIZA MPs headed by SYN President Alexis Tsipras was that the individual business work contracts abolish the sector-wide work contracts consolidating “jungle conditions” in the labour market.

Communist Party of Greece (KKE) parliamentary spokesman MP Vassilis Mavrikos underlined that “no sector-wide work contract has been signed”, stressing that the Federation of Hellenic Enterprises (SEV) is not entering negotiations in expectation of the draft law that will allow wage reductions.

Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) spokesman MP Asterios Rontoulis stated referring to the labour minister that he thought that she would have preferred to resign than sign the draft law in question.

Labour minister, GSEE leader on individual work contracts

“Those parties that cannot agree on an individual business work contract are covered by the sector-wide work contracts,” Labour Minister Louka Katseli underlined on Friday referring to the rationale of draft law submitted in parliament.

Speaking to an Athens private radio station, she stated that “the main goal is to do everything possible to preserve job positions and guarantee fundamental social rights,” underlining the important role the labour arbitration institution can play.

Katseli stressed that the new framework presented seeks to ensure the operation of viable businesses faced with problems.

Speaking in the same radio station, General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) President Yiannis Panagopoulos underlined that this is “a bad law but, nonetheless, it still refers to labour contracts.”