Greek Labour Minister Efi Achtsioglou on Thursday strongly criticised Froneri Hellas for its decision to shut down its production unit in Athens. Speaking in Parliament, Achtsioglou said Froneri Hellas abused and breached labour legislation in the country and that the company was facing fines imposed by the Labour Inspection body.
The Greek minister said that while workers had filed a demand for a tri-part conciliatory meeting on September 26 and the ministry immediately set a date for the meeting in the same week, “the company operating in a fully abusive way did exactly the opposite.”
Achtsioglou said that the company, ahead of the tri-party meeting, sent a restructuring plan to workers which envisaged a voluntary retirement scheme. She noted that the company tried to create a de facto situation within a few days, adding that the ministry believed that the company hsf operated in an abusive way and probably breached a presidential decree on informing and consultation with workers. Achtsioglou said the ministry considered that Froneri Hellas had breached labour laws and the Labour Inspection body was expected to impose sanctions.