The International Labor Organization, through it’s committee of Freedom of Association, has complained that new austerity measures violate the rights of workers, as a Greek court also ruled but was ignored.
The ILO is a body of employers, employees and governments, supervised by the UN. Its’ aim to is to oversee the international labor laws and make sure that they promote decent work for all.
The Committee of Freedom of Association declared that social dialogue has not been working properly due to latest austerity measures in Greece.
The complaint was issued by the Greek General Confederation of Labor, the Civil Servants’ Confederation, the General Federation of Employees of the National Electric Power Corporation, the Greek Federation of Private Employees, and supported by the International Trade Union Confederation.
Although the ILO recognizes that the measures have been taken during a crushing economic crisis, it expressed deep concern about that what it said was a lack of effective laws protecting collective bargaining and called for better protection of collective bargain.
The ILO also called on Greece’s coalition government and its international lenders to bring back labor rights which were weakened as part of a $17.45 billion spending cut and tax hike plan approved by the Parliament.
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