PM Mitsotakis Speaks with Representative Workers on Post-Pandemic Labor Landscape


Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. (Photo by Eurokinissi)

ATHENS - Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis held a videoconference with representatives of workers from different sectors on the economic conditions resulting from the novel coronavirus pandemic, on Friday.

The premier said the government's focus is on protecting jobs and income, on supporting the unemployed and on providing skills training to the labor market. Working from home while retaining working rights and contracts after the crisis was also discussed, especially in terms of women with young children.

"I truly believe we have every ability, with our interventions, to ameliorate the repercussions of the recession - which is what we're trying to do - and at the same time to establish the groundwork for dynamic growth in 2021," Mitsotakis said. He noted that parliament is voting tonight (May 29) on regulations to allow greater flexibility to workers and the government's stepping in to cover possible wage reductions resulting from adapted schedules.

Four women and three men took part in the conference, representing different population segments including working mothers, the long-term unemployed, managers, scientists and independent business owners.