The negotiation between the social partners for the signing of the new National General Collective Labor Agreement started today, at the request of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) to the employers (SEV, GSEVEE, ESEE, SETE, SVE).
After the first meeting, which took place at the GSEE offices, the president of the Confederation, Giannis Panagopoulos, said that the government recently announced the increase of the minimum wage, noting, however, that it was too late and too small. As he characteristically stated, it was disproportionate to the real needs of the workers, who are experiencing very difficult conditions, especially those who are paid with the minimum wage, due to the great crisis, which has sent inflation soaring.
“We are trying, through the National General Collective Bargaining Agreement, from which, however, the possibility to determine the minimum wage has been removed by law, to find some solutions that will give breath and relief to the lowest paid employees,” said Mr. Panagopoulos, addressing At the same time, we call on the government and the employers’ organizations to support this effort and, above all, to give it a dimension, which has a great institutional value: ».
For his part, the president of GSEVEE, George Kavvathas, stated that for the National General Collective Bargaining Agreement to be substantial, “the government must finally decide, after 10 years, to restore the regulation of the minimum wage to the social partners ». “The government can not set the minimum wage in the private sector, because otherwise we will have to regulate the Single Salary of civil servants,” he said, adding: let us jointly ask through the new National General Collective Labor Agreement for the restoration of the regulation of the minimum wage to the social partners “.