V. Korkidis: The minimum wage should not be discussed in the Greece’s negotiations with the institutions until 2018

The minimum wage should not be discussed in the Greece’s negotiations with the institutions until 2018, the president of the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (HCCE) said on Monday, after a meeting with the representatives of the institutions.

“The hot topics in labour law reforms, such as mass layoffs, the lock-out, collective labour agreements and the union law are all included in the 45 prior actions of the second program review, but the minimum wage should not be part of the talks until 2018,” Vasilis Korkidis said.

On the other hand, the HCCE proposes, in accordance with EU law, an increase in the monthly percentage of layoffs to 10 percent in cases of a temporary financial difficulty, while adding that part-time work can prevent mass layoffs.

“Part-time work should be flexible, based on the existing needs of the company, and the employee should receive an unemployment benefit from the state or the social security system for the hours he/she couldn’t work,” he said.