The positions of producer bodies and labor bodies in the relevant committees on the development bill | SKY

The positions of producer bodies and labor bodies in the relevant committees on the development bill | SKY

Employee representatives are at the center of a strong criticism of the provisions on labor and warn that they are a final blow to sectoral collective agreements.

They favor the provisions of the Development Bill on Attracting Investments and call for improvements, representatives of the business world, on the basis of the positions they made during the hearings process, in the relevant House committees where the draft law is being debated and drafted.

On the contrary, workers' representatives put the provisions on labor laws and warn that they give a final blow to sectoral collective agreements and lead to further shrinkage of labor rights.

Positive, the president of the Central Union of Chambers of Greece (KEEEE) Konstantinos Michalos described the speeches of the development bill. "The development bill is clearly a positive development in the effort to improve the country's investment environment, and we can only welcome the positive interventions it is promoting to tackle bureaucratic hurdles and speed up a series of processes," he said. Speaker listening to players evolve from morning in the House. But he also called for further improvements on a number of draft law provisions.

"As the Economic Chamber of Greece, we have repeatedly stated our position on the need to develop a development framework aimed at boosting entrepreneurship, mobilizing the productive forces of the Greek economy, creating new jobs and eliminating graffiti. . The principle, it is true, is happening here today with the adoption of this bill, "said Konstantinos Kolias, president of the Economic Chamber of Greece, who also submitted observations to the committees to further improve the provisions.

"The government is coming to build on an already deregulated labor market regime, created by previous governments' legislative interventions - either with well-known associations of individuals that enhance collective bargaining or special business contracts," President Ioannis said. , referring to the provisions on labor included in the bill. "Today, things are getting worse and worse than they were," said Mr. Panagopoulos, who emphasized that lower wage bargaining is not back in the hands of the social partners.

"The bill on the Public Investment Program is moving in the right direction," said Constantinos Agorastos, president of the Union of Regions of Greece (ENPI), noting that the Public Investment Program is important for winning the growth but it is necessary to change gear so that it does not take 18 months for the first disbursement.

"The Development Bill attempts to introduce a number of provisions that are directly related to the promotion and acceleration of investment and industrial activity in the country," said GSEVEE President George Kavvathas, and acknowledged that positive arrangements are being introduced to accelerate investment processes. . He noted, however, that there is a lack of concern for small and medium-sized enterprises, and recalled that GSEVEE has long been focused on free collective bargaining and employment contracts, as a weapon in the hands of the social partners and not as a weapon in the hands of governments. He also reiterated, in the register of trade unions and in particular employers' organizations, that the bill requires information which the organizations cannot provide. He also said that it essentially seeks to abolish sectoral contracts which "are a tool for the smooth functioning of the market".

"The exclusions that existed in the previous development law continue to apply to retail and wholesale trade," said George Karanikas, president of the Hellenic Confederation of Trade and Entrepreneurship (ECEE), quoted by the ESEE of representativeness. Mr Karanikas, however, said that articles in the bill seek to save businesses found at the edge of the cliff. Referring to the issue of collective bargaining, he said the bill made it even more difficult to expand and added: "There is no real collective bargaining without the determination of the minimum wage by the national social partners."

The estimation that there will be provisions that will gather a large majority, said the chairman of the Technical Chamber of Greece, George Stasinos, as the single digital map because it is a "big reform". "From a computer we can see all the geospatial data required for a license," said Stassinos, and called for significant reform of the National Infrastructure Register, the licensing of antenna systems and the improvement of environmental licensing. "It will help with investment, change of country and change of mindset," the TEE president said.

"The bill has a pro-investment and development orientation," said SETE President Konstantinos Konstantinidis, referring to the establishment of a single digital geospatial map that, if implemented shortly, would solve issues that could be resolved in the near future. land uses, etc.). Mr Constantinidis, however, called for further improvements, notably to boost tourism investment.

"This legislative initiative is expected to contribute positively to the formation of a friendlier investment environment," said Michalis Mitsopoulos, director of the Bureau of Business Environment and Regulatory Policies.

"The proposed provisions are aimed at reducing bureaucratic burdens and streamlining workplace regulations," said Katerina Daskalaki of the BSE Employment and Labor Market. Ms Daskalaki added that the bill provides for practical solutions to a series of obstacles to investment and development without undermining the safeguarding of the public interest, but there are issues, such as ratification of Article 6 of the Revised European Social Charter on voluntary arbitration.

"Unanimously all 7 factions of the Athens Labor Center have condemned the bill," said Athens Labor Center President George Mylonas, adding: "When BSE comes out and says such positive comments about this bill, shall we say? The bill, the NRA president still said, is inspired by the deep conviction that growth comes with wage reductions and remarked: "It is right for GSEVEE to say that sectoral contracts are for workers and employers. So instead of the government protecting them, making them bigger by raising wages and improving labor relations, we are, if not in complete abolition, in the great difficulty of signing them. "

"The bill has many positive provisions," said Orestis Papadopoulos, vice president of the Attica and Piraeus Industries Association (SWAP), noting that the country's geo-settlement has been a demand for many years to know any stakeholders who may settle and with whom building conditions.

Nicos Filippou, president of Think Tank New Stream-New Vision and 320 large companies, from Northern Greece, described the provisions of the bill as positive. "We are pleased that the state is now investing," said Philip.

"We feel the need to thank the rapporteurs of this bill, because we now feel normal business. The exemption that exempted television companies from any development process, from development rights under procedures of public investment law, came out, "said Konstantinos Kympouropoulos, general director of the National Broadcasting Association of Broadcasting Companies. challenges, in particular in their infrastructure.

"The reforms included in the bill are in the right direction," said Christos Georgiou, Director of Documentation and Studies at the Hellenic Federation of Industries (SWE). "The issue of derogation from the current building conditions has been properly incorporated into the law for reasons of public interest, and we expect it to work positively for investment," said Mr Georgiou, who however called for further provisions to remove unjustified delays. evaluation and approval of investment projects.

"The bill makes it even more difficult for workers to claim simple and basic rights," said Charalambos Smyrniotis, vice president of the Board of Miners' Federation of Greece (UME). "BSE and the Mining Association are trying to take back the elementalities of workers in the toughest and most dangerous, perhaps the most productive sector," Mr Smyrniotis said, and complained that BSE and Mining Companies are proposing a new contract with them up to 18%, separating employees into new and old and removing specialties.

"Sectoral collective bargaining is the leading collective bargaining institution," said Stavros Koukos, chairman of the OTOE Executive Secretariat, who complained that the provisions of the bill "slash and surgically weaken collective bargaining."