Main opposition New Democracy (ND) is asking the government for further explanations on the reserve labour measures, which it called "purposely vague" and inconsistent.

ND press spokesman Yannis Mihelakis, in a statement, said that it is "unprecedented that the government considers layoffs to be more socially fair than no layoff", and charged the government of saying on the one hand that it is prepared to accept ND's proposal on reserve labour, acknowledging its advantages, and on the other hand listing a series of cons to the proposal.

"Even at this hour, the unremorseful PASOK (ruling party) attempts to scorn every proposal by ND," stressed Mihelakis, who reiterated that ND's proposal on reserve labour is more socially just and has a larger fiscal benefit than the government's.