Solidarity funds to help ease strain on jobless

The government is set to decide over the next few days how to invest the solidarity tax it has been collecting from workers to help the growing number of unemployed Greeks, the head of the country’s employment bureau (OAED) Ilias Kikilias told Skai TV on Saturday.

Kikilias also called for European Union funds to be diverted toward providing unemployed Greeks with assistance.

The latest OAED figures reveal that there are roughly 450,000 households in Greece that do not have a single working member.

Kikilias said that of some 800,000 people registered with OAED, only 280,000 are still receiving unemployment benefits, which only last for a year after the claimant has lost his or her job.