SYRIZA: Government bill ‘declares war on workers’

Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance, in an announcement on Tuesday, called the government’s draft bill on labour issues “a legislative monstrosity” and warned Prime Minister Kyriakos Mistotakis “to not even think of bringing it to parliament.”

Responding to statements by Labour Minister Kostis Hatzidakis to Skai TV on Tuesday, SYRIZA said that Hatzidakis “reaffirmed that that bill on labour relations prepared by the government scraps the eight-hour day and establishes a 10-hour day with unpaid overtime, combined with individual labour contracts so that the workers are fully weakened and forced to accept the employer’s conditions under the threat of the sack.”

According to the main opposition, the “Mitsotakis government is declaring war on workers and using the pandemic as an excuse to promote unpaid work, flexible working hours and a reduction of income through the unpaid overtime, while baptising these medieval working conditions as a “modernisation of labour legislation.”

SYRIZA commented that “if someone in Mitsotakis’ government had worked for even a single day in their life, they would not dare to even whisper these disgraceful things”.