Labour ministry: Restoring basic labour rights for employees will be a priority in talks with institutions

Restoring basic labour rights such as collective bargaining constitutes one of the key priorities of the government, the Labour ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The ministry was commenting on report published by GSEE’s Labour Institute, according to which the real unemployment rate in Greece in the second quarter of 2016 was 30.8 percent instead of the officially declared 23.4 percent.

“The intermediate report by INE-GSEE on the Greek economy sheds some light on a side of the labour jungle imposed by the measures included in the memorandums and the laws implemented by the governments of ND and PASOK,” the ministry said.

“Ahead of the negotiations with the institutions, restoring basic labour rights for employees, such as collective bargaining, the validity and extension of the sectoral collective agreements and the fight against black and undeclared labour, constitute key priorities for the ministry,” it added.