"On August 21, Greece finally and unconditionally exited the fiscal adjustment programmes and in this way the government implemented the foremost commitment to the broad social majority it had undertaken in 2015, when it became government, which was to be able to put an end to austerity and fiscal adjustment programmes with one key prerequisite, namely to exit the programmes with society still standing," Labour Minister Effie Achtsioglou said on Tuesday, addressing an event organised by the Ministry of Labour in collaboration with the National Institute of Labour and Human Resources.

In particular, she stressed that there were interventions and reforms which primarily contradicted the concept adopted in the period 2010-2014, during which a series of changes occurred in the institutional framework of labour protection, abolishing basic labour protection rights.

The labour minister clarified that the government has been opposed to so-called internal devaluation from the start. "Our plan considers that strengthening labour and the negotiating position of workers, and increasing their disposable income, are factor supporting growth not obstacles to growth," Achtsioglou said.