The freezing of minimum wages is on the table again

The inexplicable obsession of the Troika to begin a dialogue in the EU in the beginning of the year is intriguing for the PM, who is meeting with the GSEE syndicate and the employers' syndicate in upcoming sessions scheduled for next Wednesday in Maximou.
The Ministry of Employment has clarified that the issue of lowering wages in the private sector will not be included in the dialogue's agenda, but instead the lowering of taxes will be discussed, so that the cost of wages will decrease from 37% today to 32%.

Mr. George Koutroumanis clarified that no sector - apart from hoteliers - asked for a lowering of wages, but he did not exclude the possibility that the issue of lowering the minimum wage will be raised by the Troika.

The President of the ESEE Mr. Vasilis Korkidis is proposing a freezing of minimum wages, which according to the national contract should be increased by 1,6%  in 2012. Mr. Korkidis, as well as the president of GSEBEE Mr. Dimitris Asimakopoulos, met with the Troika at the beginning of the month and defended the minimum wage, trying to
persuade the Troika that the recipe of cuts in such expenses is wrong.

GSEE have set up barricades and will refuse to be part of the dialogue should there be an issue of lowering wages.

According to information from the Troika, there might be a sector - on the employers' part - that will ask for a lowering of wages. The Troika asking for a reduction of about 15%, from 12% today.

The new "tools" of lowering wages in the private sector in accordance to what the Troika wants, will mostly involve hiring young people with a salary of 601 euros and redefining individual and collective contracts.

Last month, 17 collective contracts were signed which involved 4800 employees and are going to produce wages that are 30% lower than what they used to be.

At the same time, there have been reports that 2.100 businesses (5 times more than last year) did not give out the Christmas bonuses.

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