Tsipras Hails Drop In Unemployment Sees Increase in Wages

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hailed the fall in unemployment figures, describing it as the most positive news of the last years.

    Visiting the Labor Ministry, he expressed optimism that the decline in unemployment will now be more than 2.5% per annum.

    He launched an attack against previous administrations saying that they were celebrating a “virtual recovery,” whereas his government was creating a recovery that has a distinct effect on the life of real people.

    Alexis Tsipras referred to the effort being made for restoring the labor market and the new social state.

    He added that 120,000 unemployed will be assigned to unemployment programs, by the end of the year.

    He stressed that his government has the political will to stand up to companies, however powerful they may be, that are not abiding by labor law legislation and refuse to pay the fines imposed.

    He said that the government will legislate to exclude businesses “that systematically violate the law, by any kind of state funding.”

    Tsipras said that, according to official data, in the last few years there has been a 9.34% increase in the average monthly salary in the private sector.