The first meeting of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) with employers’ associations took place on Monday and the social partners agreed to extend the current National General Collective Agreement so as to apply until the end of 2017. The issues on the agenda of this first meeting were only of institutional nature, since minimum wage is specified by law since 2012.

GSEE and the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) submitted a proposal for saving jobs in enterprises at risk by turning them into social economy enterprises and supporting them with funds from the World Bank; however, the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE) had not been informed of such proposal and its representative left the meeting. At the same time, with labor issues remaining unsettled in the negotiations with the creditors, SEV President Theodoros Fessas stated, “Collective redundancies and lockouts are not a priority of Greek businesses”. Social partners are expected to meet anew in the coming days.