Iliopoulos: The government needs to increase minimum wage, lower special consumption tax

“Increasing the minimum wage to 800 euros and reducing the special consumption tax on oil and gas are measures that the government must take if it really wants to deal with price hikes,” SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance spokesperson Nassos Iliopoulos said on Saturday in an interview with Mega TV.

He commented that the fact that the government is forced in such a short period of time after the announcements of the Prime Minister at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) to announce additional measures confirms what SYRIZA had said from the beginning, ie that the measures announced were not enough.

Referring to ELSTAT data for September, Iliopoulos stressed that a number of basic goods recorded a “huge increase” and in particular that the price of gas “increased by 108 pct, heating oil by 28.9 pct, vegetables by 20 pct and olive oil by 18.4 pct.”

“All this clearly shows that the government has no plan to deal with the wave of price hikes, which is already affecting the lives of citizens,” he said.