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Employees in Greek Stores on Strike

Empty StoresThe Federation of Greek Private Employees (OYIE) has announced a 24-hour strike on Sunday, July 13, in response to the opening of stores on Sundays in ten regions of Greece.
The Federation of Greek Private Employees, the National Confederation of Hellenic Commerce (ESEE) and the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants (GSEVEE) have filed a joint action to the Council of State against the ministerial decision asking for a temporary suspension.
OIYE, ESEE and GSEVEE noted that the Greek government uses the development of tourism as an excuse, while in reality it serves the interests of big commercial chains and foreign multinationals. The federations claim that the opening of stores on Sundays will damage the small and medium-sized trade enterprises that constitute 95% of the market and employ over 80% of the employees. They pointed out that this is a decision imposed by the Troika and it is a totally hostile policy against the workers.
OYIE stated that this decision will hurt labor relations and that it will lead to an increase of underpaid and undeclared employment. They added that the opening of shops on Sundays is an undemocratic decision that violates the right to private and family life while it destroys the family tissue, since the majority of employees in the trade sector are women and especially mothers.
According to the ministerial decision signed by the Deputy Developement Minister Gerasimos Giakoumatos, stores will remain open on Sundays in the historic centers of Athens and Thessaloniki, Pikermi, Rafina, Chalkidiki, Rhodes, Kos, Syros, Mykonos and Santorini.

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