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(en) Greece, APO, Land & Freedom: SYVCHDA announcement on the anti-labor bill Hatzidaki-Vroutsi [machine translation]
Tue, 4 May 2021 10:48:08 +0300
Let us not allow the world of work to receive another blow ---- Not in the
anti-labor bill Hatzidaki - Vroutsi ---- One year after the onset of the COVID-19
pandemic, the systemic crisis is intensifying, while at the same time
authoritarianism and aggressive policies are being sought to be imposed in all
areas of political, economic and social life. The government, the state and the
employers instrumentalize the management of the pandemic by intensifying our
harsh living conditions, endangering, sacrificing human life, health, the
freedoms of the people, which gives with a sense of responsibility a hard
struggle for survival. Because what else does the provocative political choice of
the government that refuses to take protection measures against a society that
has daily deaths from coronavirus and provocatively insists on destroying the
public health system, not to harm, but to strengthen the interests of the great
clinicians, show? ,
To ostentatiously and criminally ignore the origin of the main outbreaks of
coronavirus, such as mass workplaces and public transport, without taking any
substantial decongestion measures, without testing under the responsibility of
the state and the competent health authorities, except an unprecedented five
months (!) lockdown.
The government, however, in the midst of a generalized health and economic
crisis, declares its readiness through the current Minister K. Hatzidakis to
submit a new anti-labor-anti-union bill, prepared by the former Minister of
Labor, with the aim of sweeping basic labor costs. .
Even before the onset of the health crisis, the abolition of collective
bargaining agreements and the basic principles of collective bargaining, the
freezing of the minimum wage increase, the downgrading and weakening of the
institutions for the labor issues of SEPE and OMED have preceded. Since then,
thousands of workplaces and industries have been involved, including the book
industry and the wider trade sector, intensification, extortionate suspensions
and the fear of the next day, the implementation of the rotating work system, the
teleworking regime, while strengthening their legal arsenal for the release of
the Sunday operation of commercial stores,
All of the above, which they introduced in the midst of quarantine as
precautionary measures, not only consolidate them, but add others to the bill
that they have long wanted to submit. These are, among other things, the
following important issues concerning basic labor rights:
Abolition of the 8-hour period, with the employer now having the right to employ
the employee for up to 10 hours a day, without additional pay, but with a
corresponding reduction of working time to another day or break or additional
leave within the same semester. In this context, it is obvious that they seek to
force employees into individual employment contracts. This extortionate condition
is characterized as a settlement of working hours, when in fact the employees
become slaves to the appetites of the bosses.
· Companies will be able to join the category of those who do not have a Sunday
holiday with a simple process. In fact, they are intensifying the process of its
complete abolition at every opportunity.
· It is directed against the trade union freedoms of the workers, the trade union
action is criminalized, the strike and the strike mobilizations and guards become
not only "illegal and abusive", as has happened in recent years, but criminally
· Trade unionism is transformed into a digital battle of mechanisms where the
real processes of the assembly are canceled with live peer discussion,
fermentation and exchange of ideas (political and trade union), while electronic
voting is promoted, especially on important decision-making issues such as strike.
· In the matter of dismissals, the employer's right is instituted, in case of
warning, to prohibit the employee from coming to his workplace, thus making it
difficult to defend the injustice done to him.
In essence, this is a constant class attack on the world of work, its labor and
political rights, on the most vulnerable social classes. The government, with its
anti-labor policy, has one goal to accomplish: to transform the landscape for the
next day in favor of capital and private interests, to pursue its anti-social
policy and to remove what is left of the core of labor rights.
For our part, we are called as part of the world of struggle once again in the
most difficult conditions not to allow the devaluation of our work and life and
to defend our labor interests and rights, our needs, our life and our dignity.
We are well aware that the producers of social wealth are the workers, the people
who are increasingly in a precarious work environment, the ones below. In order
to return the wealth produced to society, we need to fight against exploitation
and those who reap our rewards and profit at our expense. Especially today in the
suffocating landscape that is formed on the occasion of the health crisis and the
fact that the rulers leave us exposed and unprotected, we need to fight but also
to protect those around us and ourselves, since only the people can save the people.
We join forces with all the unions that are fighting in a class struggle
direction and we connect our resistance in the workplace against the integration,
fatalism, submission and inaction promoted by the employers' unionism of GSEE.
Against assignment and mediation, the world of work can rely on its own strengths
and organize its struggles from below and effectively.
The anti-union anti-union law Hatzidaki - Vroutsi should not be submitted to the
Parliament. Hands off the unions, the right to strike, collective action.
To take back all the anti-labor arrangements under the pretext of the pandemic
(shift work, suspensions, regulation of working hours, release of the Sunday
operation of commercial stores, gnawing of days of normal leave with special
purpose permits, teleworking, etc.).
Salary / wage increases and Collective Bargaining Agreements according to our
needs. Against undeclared work and non-payment of accrued expenses
Not in elasticity and fixed-term contracts. Prohibition of redundancies.
Against job insecurity, for permanent and stable work in public and private sector
Radical reduction of working time without reduction of salary. Against the
perpetuation of teleworking and distance learning
Prohibit redundancies. Measures to protect the unemployed.
Order of the private health sector now, with immediate priority the ICU beds,
without compensation of the clinicians.
That's it! Let us not mourn other victims. Universal, direct and equal access to
WE INVITE TO AN INTERNET MEETING ON SUNDAY APRIL 18 AT 7 PM.
any colleague who wants to attend the online meeting, let him send a message to
the Association's e-mail to be sent the link
Association of Book - Paper - Digital Media Employees of Attica
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