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National Confederation of Greek Commerce ESEE Proposes an 11% Cut in Commerce Salaries

The National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE) is proposing an 11 percent salary drop until the country’s economy recovers from the crisis, thereby reopening negotiations for the signing of a new collective bargaining agreement in the sector.
ESEE has worked on a draft contract and a set of proposals that it has forwarded to the General Confederation of Greek Small Businesses and Traders (GSEVEE) and to the Federation of Private-Sector Employees of Greece (OIYE). Collective contracts need to be redesigned from scratch, according to ESEE, so that they can survive the economic crisis.
The proposal is for the minimum salary in commerce to decline from 918.13 euros to 815 euros per month, an 11.23 percent decline. All other salary brackets will see an 11 percent drop, but with all benefits maintained as agreed in previous contracts.
According to press reports, employers and employees are close to agreeing to a basic salary of 860 euros per month, after the ESEE proposal. Regarding non-salaried labor costs, ESEE is proposing a 10 percent reduction. It is also recommending a 0.1 percent tax on the annual turnover of enterprises.
ESEE President Mr Vasilis Korkides claimed his decision to propose a salary drop is only to be taken within the larger framework of a general effort to save the country’s finances in a society-friendly way. Efforts will also be made to reduce part-time jobs, according to ESEE proposals.

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