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OTE trade union issues strong response to DT official's statements

Δημοσίευση 29 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 09:59 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
OTE trade union issues strong response  to DT official's statements
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The Federation of Telecommunication Workers (OME-OTE) trade union on Tuesday sharply criticised comments made a day earlier in the German-language edition of the "Financial Times" by Deutsche Telekom representative and Hellenic Telecommunications (OTE SA) non executive board member Guido Kerkhoff.

The Federation of Telecommunication Workers (OME-OTE) trade union on Tuesday sharply criticised comments made a day earlier in the German-language edition of the "Financial Times" by Deutsche Telekom representative and Hellenic Telecommunications (OTE SA) non executive board member Guido Kerkhoff.

OME-OTE president Panagiotis Koutras told ANA-MPA that Greece has laws and individual business labour contracts that regulate every issue concerning remuneration costs.

In his comments in the FT, Kerkhoff maintains that there are still many structural problems in the fixed network sector in Greece that need to be resolved and that OTE wages should be cut considering that, on the average, are higher than the wages paid in the parent company Deutsche Telekom.

According to Koutras, no comparison can be made between OTE and Deutsche Telekom because their operating structure is different and blamed the policy followed by the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) for the revenues lost by OTE.

Koutras alleged that EETT does not allow the company to sell affordable and quality services to Greek consumers whereas its competitors are free to exploit OTE’s infrastructure and violate market and labour laws.