Two reforms to Greece’s labour law, judged illegal by the European Committee of Social Rights, should be modified, according to a Parliamentary Assembly committee expert.
Liliane Maury Pasquier (photo), who chairs the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development, called for a review of the decision to extend to one year the ‘trial period’ during which workers can be dismissed without notice and the bid to reduce the minimum salary for workers under 25 to two-thirds of the national minimum wage.
“Both these measures were last week found to be in violation of the European Social Charter, to which Greece has signed up,” said Maury Pasquier. “They should urgently be modified to bring them into line with the Council of Europe’s social standards.
“Our Assembly, which represents political opinion across the 47 member states of the Council of Europe, recently called for a profound re-orientation of austerity programmes, ending their quasi-exclusive focus on expenditure cuts in social areas, which often hit the most vulnerable hardest.”
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