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SYRIZA Tables Draft Law for Restoring Christmas Bonus for Low Pensions

syriza_logoGreek main opposition SYRIZA, in a proposal led by party leader Alexis Tsipras, tabled a draft law in Greek Parliament on Monday for restoring the 13th ‘Christmas bonus’ pension for pensioners receiving less than 700 euros per month.
“SYRIZA is tabling the present draft bill on this day, December 22, when pensioners would have received their Christmas bonus if it had not been abolished by the Memorandum governments with law 4093/2012,” the party said.
SYRIZA noted that the measure would benefit 1,162,920 pensioners at a total annual cost of 543,055,600 euros, as calculated in the proposal presented by the party at the Thessaloniki International Fair in September. It also repeated a pledge to “hit the brakes” on pension cuts and gradually restore losses to pensions imposed in recent years, according to the economy’s recovery rate and starting with the lowest pensions.
It added that the draft bill tabled on Monday would be an “immediate post-election legislative measure that a Left government will promote, in the framework of a program of urgent measures to deal with the humanitarian crisis.”
(source: ana-mpa)

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