Friday December 19, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
17o C
10o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Focus on labor reform as troika pushes tough changes

People are seen outside the Syntagma metro station, in front of Parliament, in central Athens on Wednesday.

Government officials spent a second day in talks with troika representatives in Paris on Wednesday, with sources indicating that Greeces foreign creditors were pressing for changes to make it harder for labor unions to call strike action and for the introduction of legislation facilitating mass layoffs in the private sector.

The Labor Ministry is to prepare several studies in the coming weeks, before troika envoys are due to arrive in Athens for their next review, in a bid to overcome the insistence of foreign creditors on the proposed changes, Kathimerini understands. The ministry managed to win itself some time by invoking the International Labor Organization to assess the effectiveness of potential changes to current laws governing layoffs in the private sector.

The junior coalition parter, PASOK, has insisted that it will not accept any change to laws governing labor rights that have been enshrined in Greek legislation since the 1980s. But sources have indicated that the troika is intent on removing any political involvement in decisions relating to mass layoffs and introducing greater flexibility into the private labor market. The foreign auditors argue that such action will contribute toward curbing unemployment, which continues to hover at around 27 percent.

Other issues on the table of talks between Greek officials and the troika, which continue on Thursday, are an ongoing streamlining of the civil service and the second phase of reform of the pension system.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who is being briefed on the troika talks by advisers he dispatched to Paris, is due in Newport, South Wales, on Thursday for a summit of NATO leaders which is expected to focus on the deepening crisis in Ukraine. The premier is expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the summit in what is likely to be an uncomfortable encounter following the latters provocative comments on Greeces position vis-a-vis Cyprus earlier this week. Samaras is due back in Greece late on Friday ahead of his scheduled speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair on Saturday morning.

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday September 3, 2014 (21:18)  
GDs Kasidiaris charged for recording chat with ex PM aide
Independent Greeks leader backs MPs bribery claims, threatens to release video
Ministry rebuffs reports that Amphipolis skeleton has been identified
Govt spokeswoman says bribery claims badly-played charade, heralds legal action if evidence not produced
Importers told to pay up in advance
In the last 10 days foreign suppliers have again started asking for the full cost of commodities exported to Greece to be paid in advance by their local representatives, in a picture reminis...
Jobless rate posts steady decline
Unemployment fell to 25.5 percent in the third quarter of the year, against 26.6 percent in the second quarter of 2014 and 27.2 percent in the third quarter of 2013, according to seasonally ...
Inside Business
SOCCER
PAOK loss at Giannina brings Olympiakos to within a point
The bad losses that PAOK and Panathinaikos suffered on the road on Thursday allowed Olympiakos to gain significant ground on the table and come to within one point from the top after the mid...
BASKETBALL
Reds lose in Turkey to motivated Galatasaray
Olympiakos went down at Galatasaray 79-74 on Thursday for its second defeat in the first round of the Euroleague that ended with the Reds topping their pool with eight wins in 10 games. With...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
New weapons of diplomacy
Hollywood screenwriters couldnt make it up: That Sony, one of the worlds biggest film producers, would be forced to pull a comedy about the assassination of North Koreas dictator after a ...
EDITORIAL
Oblivious to change
The world around us is undergoing many important changes while we sit around stewing in our own juices. US President Barack Obama is actually talking with Cubas Raul Castro, for example, bu...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. GDs Kasidiaris charged for recording chat with ex PM aide
2. Independent Greeks leader backs MPs bribery claims, threatens to release video
3. Ministry rebuffs reports that Amphipolis skeleton has been identified
4. Govt spokeswoman says bribery claims badly-played charade, heralds legal action if evidence not produced
5. Former premier Mitsotakis to meet President Papoulias to discuss political upheaval
6. Ship with 200 migrants off Pylos towed to Italy after passengers refuse to stop in Greece
more news
Today
This Week
1. Independent Greeks MP Haikalis claims attempted bribery for presidential vote
2. Greek PM Samaras confronts peril putting his Greek transformation to vote
3. Ship with 200 migrants off Pylos towed to Italy after passengers refuse to stop in Greece
4. Gov't spokeswoman says bribery claims 'badly-played charade,' heralds legal action if evidence not produced
5. Former premier Mitsotakis to meet President Papoulias to discuss political upheaval
6. Ministry rebuffs reports that Amphipolis skeleton has been identified
Today
This Week
1. Juncker warns Greeks against voting 'extreme forces' into power
2. Romanos and the dilemma
3. Samaras summons bond vigilantes with euro exit talk
4. A friendly yet firm message from Pierre Moscovici
5. High stakes
6. Europe's drama in Greece needs final act to avoid tragedy
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.