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Offbeat Greece: Thousands of protesters against a new Labor Act

17:20  10 june  2021
17:20  10 june  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

Greece: thousands of protesters against a new Labor Act

 Greece: thousands of protesters against a new Labor Act © provided by the point d st thousands of protesters paraded Thursday in Greece against a new law on work while a national strike of 24 hours disrupted public transport and services. More than 16,000 people took part in several parades in Athens, organized by the opposition on the left, the communist and socialist parties as well as the unions, according to the police.

Des manifestants dénoncent un projet de loi sur le travail, à Athènes le 10 juin 2021 © Aris Messinis protesters denounce a bill on work, athens on June 10, 2021

Thousands of protesters parade Thursday in Greece against a new Labor Act While a 24-hour national strike disrupted public transport and services.

More than 16,000 people took part in several parades in Athens, organized by the opposition on the left, the communist and socialist parties as well as the unions, according to the police.

"No matter what the government does, this bill is sentenced by the workers," said Dimitris Koutsoumbas, Secretary General of the Communist Party. "It must be put to the trash".

Some 10,000 people also scrolled in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in the country. Gatherings were also organized in several other cities.

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The detractors of this bill, which will be submitted to the vote of Parliament next week, consider that it will promote more flexible work schedules, "a slavery of modern times".

The social movement has set off Ferries and Trains, forced to reprogram flights and paralyzed most public transport in Athens. Public services did not work, just like the public media.

Manifestation contre un projet de loi sur le travail, à Athènes le 10 juin 2021 © Louisa Gouliamiki Demonstration against a draft law on the work, in Athens on June 10, 2021

"Do not touch the days of 8 hours of work," could be read on a banner carried by communist protesters in the capital . "Slavery is not progress," was written on a sign.


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The Government ensures that the reform introduces optional flexibility of hours of work, fixes rules on the Remote work and provides safeguards against sexual harassment in the workplace.

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The Minister of Labor, Kostis Hatzidakis, pointed out that the new rules would allow staff to negotiate with management the opportunity to work more hours for part of the year and then take more leave.

Manifestation contre un projet de loi sur le travail, à Athènes le 10 juin 2021 © ARIS Messinis Demonstration against a work bill in Athens on June 10 2021

A day of work of up to 10 hours is authorized as part of the reform, in return for an additional paid leave .

- Personalized contracts -

But for unions and opposition parties, these new rules go against collective bargaining, disrupt the personal life of employees and formalize the exploitation of overtime by employers - especially the Large companies - which has already lasted for years.

"The workers can not pay their rent, (the needs of) their children, their races with paid holidays," said the Tribune of Parliament Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou, SYRIZA spokesman, the main opposition party.

"Once these formalized personalized contracts, they will proliferate (...) and become the standard," she added.

The fixing of stricter rules to call the strike also raises the opposition of the unions.

The government majority in Parliament has already approved the bill at first reading Wednesday, before a plenary vote scheduled next week.

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