OPINION

Flexibility needed in labor sector

The global financial crisis has altered the terms according to which the job market operates all around the world and the international community has adopted the necessary stance to adapt to these changes. In Greece, however, most of the country’s political leaders are in denial. They have refused to face the new set of facts and insist that absolutely nothing needs to change in the realm of labor relations. However, this unbending populist stance will only drive the local market toward illegal sources of labor, as is already the case with, for example, cleaning services, a sector that has come into the spotlight after a union official was brutally attacked. It is time for both the politicians and labor leaders to see that some flexibility in labor relations could bolster growth and, by effect, help fight rising unemployment numbers. Rejecting any proposal for change without having first examined its potential is tantamount to ignoring reality and serves no other purpose than popular appeal.