Tzanakopoulos: Raising minimum wage necessary for growth

SYRIZA Central Committee Secretary Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, in an interview with the radio station ‘Sto Kokkino’ on Friday, said that there was currently a clash between two diametrically opposite political plans for the economy and society in Greece, those of main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance and of the ruling New Democracy party.

“In the coming period we will launch an initiative to put pressure on the government, in parliament and in society, so that it accepts SYRIZA’s proposal for the increase of the minimum wage to 800 euros,” Tzanakopoulos said, adding that this was a very crucial issue.

He stressed that raising the minimun wage to 800 euros was necessary, apart from everything else, in order to boost growth by increasing demand.

“It is a comprehensively opposite plan to that of the Mitsotakis government, which is reviving the most outdated recipes of neoliberalism,” he added.

“We will also carry out a major campaign on price hikes,” Tzanakopoulos noted, “in order to highlight SYRIZA’s political proposals as opposed to the policy of inaction adopted by the government, which believes that the market will self-regulate and that the problem is temporary”.