Greek employers and GSEE trade union confederation sign national collective labour agreement

Greece’s employer associations and the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE), the country’s largest umbrella trade union organisation representing the private sector, on Thursday signed a new National General Collective Labour Agreement for the year 2017.

Employer groups signing the agreement included the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants (GSEVEE), the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE) and the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE).

All the terms established under previous labour agreements will also remain in force under the new national collective labour agreement, including the three-year maturation periods, marriage bonus, Christmas and Easter bonuses, holiday bonuses and terms for the protection of motherhood, fatherhood, single-parent families and working parents. These will include measures for a 40-hour working week and those for vulnerable employee categories.

The 2017 agreement also stipulates that the parties signing the agreement agree that, if there is a lifting of current restrictions that were imposed on the the National General Collective Labour Agreements of 2010-2011-2012 by law, and then negotiations will begin immediately to decide the salary terms of the new collective agreement.

GSEE said the new agreement contained clauses referring to health and safety at work, undeclared labour, discrimination, racism and intolerance but agreement between all sides could not be reached on two more demands in the 2017 agenda, due to time pressure and the “deterrent” framework in which the talks were conducted. GSEE said it would seek to continue dialogue on these issues and, if there was a convergence of opinions, to draw up an additional protocol attached to the 2017 collective labour agreement.