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Iliopoulos: Government Bill Demolishes Labour Relations, Abolishes 8-hour Day

ATHENS — Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance spokesperson Nassos Iliopoulos on Thursday accused the government of demolishing labour relations and bringing about a flexibilisation of the labour market through the draft bill unveiled by Labour Minister Kostis Hatzidakis.

Speaking to radio "Sto Kokkino 105.5", Iliopoulos said that the main points of ruling New Democracy's bill are the effective abolition of the eight-hour working day and unpaid overtime that amount to a cut in wages, with individual contracts fully prevailing over collective labour agreements.

Iliopoulos granted that a number of economic activities should be opening at the present time but stressed that this should be done with the required health and economic measures.

Regarding the vote in parliament on the cooperation memoranda with Northern Macedonia, he said that one of the reasons the parliament is not opening normally, as so many other activities are doing, is because the government wants to avoid "being brought face to face with the shameful lies they said about the Prespes Agreement" and having to "apologise 158 times, not to SYRIZA, but to society."

"It is significant that they now honour and respect the Prespes Agreement, but they will have to make this apology in parliament and make it daily to the citizens they misled."

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