Labour Minister Katrougalos: Negotiations with the representatives of the institutions on labour market reforms will not be easy

Negotiations between the government and the representatives of the institutions on labour market reforms will not be easy but will eventually improve the existing situation, Labour Minister George Katrougalos told Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) on Saturday, a day ahead of the talks in Athens.

“It’s a negotiation which, without being easy, I believe in the end will improve significantly the existing situation which is a labour jungle,” he said.

The meeting on Sunday will set the basis of the negotiations on three topics: collective labour agreements, mass layoffs and the union law, he said, adding that there will possibly be an agreement on some issues which concern legality.

“Just as we have said we will respect the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union on mass layoffs, we believe it’s evident that the other side will respect the decisions of the European Committee of Social Rights which has already ruled […] that the minimum wage for the young is contrary to the European social map,” Katrougalos said.

He also said the second base for discussion is the report by the European Parliament’s Committee of Independent Experts. “Based on these two methodological principles, we will discuss all the issues,” he added.