Greek parliament votes legislation for labour reforms despite protests

Photo: AP A rally outside the Greek Parliament, Athens, 16 June 2021.

Greek labour law is set to be updated with flexible work times and paternity leave after the country's parliament passed legislation late on Wednesday, parliamentary broadcaster VOULI-TV reported. PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis had the votes in the legislature to push the measure through by virtue of his party having 158 of the house's 300 seats.

The bill prompted work stoppages and strikes in the weeks leading up to the vote. Protests against the changes left some government offices unstaffed at points on Wednesday, dpa reported. Similarly, some ferry services were unavailable due to staff walkouts, as were some bus, train and tram services..

Unions are angered by new flexibility guidelines that would let employees work for up to 50 hours a week, so long as anything beyond 40 hours a week is treated as overtime that is eventually compensated with time off.

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