Wednesday October 1, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
28o C
16o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Gov't fails in bid to merge social security funds but privatization bill passed

A bid by the government to merge a number of healthcare funds, including the one for journalists, with a national scheme has failed in Parliament, although the coalition’s privatization bill was approved by MPs on Wednesday.

The government failed to get a majority on its draft law proposing that the social security funds of journalists, civil engineers, lawyers and other be inducted into the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY).

The amendment, attached to the privatization bill, had been submitted to Parliament late on Tuesday, prompting the Panhellenic Journalists’ Union (POESY) to call a 24-hour strike as it argues media employees’ funds should not be merged with EOPYY because they are self-financing.

Despite the result of the vote, the journalists’ strike continued on Wednesday, meaning there was no news coverage on TV and radio. Newspapers, including Kathimerini English Edition will not be published on Thursday as a result of the action.

The union did not rule out further protests as it said that the government is likely to try to resubmit the bill next week.

The bill paving the way for the privatization of public companies such as the Thessaloniki and Athens water companies passed through Parliament, although almost 30 MPs belonging to the three-party coalition failed to back the draft law.

A total of 148 MPs out of 293 that took part in the ballot voted for the sell-off legislation. PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis abstained from the vote, prompting speculation about whether the coalition will be able to survive.

It was reported that a number of meetings between government members were to be held on Wednesday evening.

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday October 31, 2012 (18:28)  
Police bust airport trafficking ring
Illegal migrant flows to Greece ‘have tripled’ minister says
Six jailed for heist but not terrorism
Greek government to ask for confidence vote next week
Bank gains fail to prop up benchmark
Reports about the European Central Bank being ready to factor the Greek banks’ restructuring plans into the stress tests, and to include junk bonds – such as those of Greece – in the ABS bon...
ECB set to grant Greek banks restructuring plan bonus
Greece has won an important concession from the European Central Bank that could help its top four lenders pass a landmark review of the eurozone’s banking sector, three sources familiar wit...
Inside Business
SOCCER
All team sports suspended next weekend in memory of dead fan
The government announced on Monday the suspension of all team sports events in Greece scheduled for next weekend, October 4 and 5, in the memory of the Ethnikos Piraeus fan who died a few ho...
SOCCER
Karamanos punishes Michel for deeming him surplus
Atromitos forced Olympiakos’s first loss this season in all competitions on Saturday to allow PAOK to go alone on top of the Super League table on Sunday. Odds-on title favorite Olympiakos l...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Truth before the battle
The coalition has lost its sense of direction in the last few months. Exactly where things went off track is not the question at this stage. What is certain is that if it continues competing...
EDITORIAL
Bending the rules
The flexibility with which laws are implemented has been a fundamental cause for concern in Greece during the post-dictatorship era. Everything becomes a subject for negotiation, even in cas...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Police bust airport trafficking ring
2. Illegal migrant flows to Greece ‘have tripled’ minister says
3. Six jailed for heist but not terrorism
4. Bank gains fail to prop up benchmark
5. Greek government to ask for confidence vote next week
6. ECB set to grant Greek banks restructuring plan bonus
more news
Today
This Week
1. Air-raid sirens to go off all over Greece at 11 a.m. in drill
2. Mario Draghi to push ECB to buy Greek, Cypriot 'junk' loans: FT
3. Truth before the battle
4. Smallpox decimates sheep stocks in northern Greece
5. Thessaloniki transport gets more expensive
6. Bending the rules
Today
This Week
1. Greece may opt for unusual president to avoid snap polls, Venizelos says
2. Woman allegedly buried alive by accident in northern Greece
3. Salaries in Greece continue to slide, dipping 1.4 pct in Q2
4. Should you bet with Kissinger on where the world is heading?
5. Cypriots divided by 1974 war seek Shariah hub
6. The shocking thought of euro-dollar parity
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.