Tuesday September 23, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
31o C
22o 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)  
Jailed GD MP shown teaching kids how to give the Nazi salute [Video]
Defendants handed prison terms over Antipnoia stabbings
Samaras to meet Merkel in Berlin for pivotal talks
Commission report highlights Erasmus student exchange benefits
Programs target return of 21,000 jobless to work
Greeces Manpower Organization (OAED) will activate two new employment subsidy programs for the private sector in the next few days, offering jobs to 21,620 unemployed individuals. The first...
Employment in commerce keeps sliding
Employment in commerce is continuing to drop, according to data presented on Monday by Vassilis Korkidis, the head of the renamed Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESE...
Inside Business
SOCCER
PAOK joins Olympiakos on top after win at Agrinio
Olympiakos spent just two nights alone on top of the Super League, as on Monday evening PAOK joined the champions on 10 points through its 1-0 victory at Panetolikos. The Thessaloniki giant ...
SOCCER
Reds beat Veria to claim league lead
Olympiakos thumped hitherto Super League leader Veria 3-0 on Saturday to go alone on top of the table for the first time after four rounds of games. Four days after putting three past Atleti...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
So near and yet so far
Here we are again, so near and yet so far from the coast, in a balancing act of fear between disaster and blurred normality, yet with serious prospects of recovery. Our partners and creditor...
EDITORIAL
Transfer withdrawal
There appear to be significant changes afoot at Greek universities. Academics interested in managing educational institutions as opposed to exchanging favors with unionists and party folk ...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Jailed GD MP shown teaching kids how to give the Nazi salute [Video]
2. Defendants handed prison terms over Antipnoia stabbings
3. Samaras to meet Merkel in Berlin for pivotal talks
4. Commission report highlights Erasmus student exchange benefits
5. PAOK joins Olympiakos on top after win at Agrinio
6. Programs target return of 21,000 jobless to work
more news
Today
This Week
1. Alexander the Great's tomb not at Amphipolis, says Culture Minister
2. Venizelos denies jihadis are being trained in Greece
3. Euro touches 14-month low before Draghi testimony
4. Draghi effect subsiding leaves pressure building on ECB chief
5. Civil servants' union calls new strike over evaluation
6. Investors snap up euro zone banks, exporters in ECB bet
Today
This Week
1. Greece at bottom of social justice scale among EU28
2. Greece can meet its needs on its own
3. Central Athens traffic restrictions back in force on Monday
4. Lost in the fog
5. Record sum of new debts to the state in August
6. Democracy under Pressure | Live Streaming
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.