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Hazard pay to be slashed

Over 120,000 people should have their names removed from the list of ?arduous and unhealthy? professions, according to a report submitted on Tuesday to the Labor Ministry by a committee of experts.

Among the professionals who should no longer receive hazard pay, the report said, are hairdressers, hotel chamber maids and people working in pastry shops.

Meanwhile, the committee suggested that professionals who are currently not on the list and ought to be include nurses at public hospitals, scientists and technicians working in dangerous environments, and workers in the agricultural, fisheries and sanitation sectors.

Labor Minister Giorgos Koutroumanis said yesterday that the findings of the report are ?indicative? and will be taken into consideration. The issue will be discussed with representatives of the various sectors that will be affected by any changes to the current law before a final decision is made in early September.