Controversial Proposal for Tackling Unemployment

eCentre of planning and Economic Research in Greece has proposed a controversial measure in order to deal with the problem of increasing unemployment in the country.

The measure includes unpaid work for the young and unemployed up to 24 years old, so that companies would have a strong motive to hire young employees. Practically, what is proposed is the abolition of the basic salary for a year. At the same time the “export” of young unemployed persons was also proposed to other countries abroad, as Greek businesses do not appear able to hire new personnel.

According to the National Confederation of Hellenic Commerce, unemployment especially hits the ages between 15-24. The unemployment rate in Greece stands at 24.6% while 57.2% of young people are without a job. The majority of the unemployed (71%) have had no work for 12 months or more, while 23.3 % of the total have never worked. There were 3,635,905 people employed and 1,345,387 unemployed.

Unemployment in Greece is one of the most pressing issues that the Greek government has to deal with. Its high rate is affecting Greek commerce as the numbers of those who are self-employed is constantly declining.


  1. Yes! I hear Tepco has openings for which they’ll pay bounties for finding workers to fill positions. They’ll get nice paychecks working at an active nuclear power facility located in VERY SUNNY Fukushima. Room and board to be deducted, leaving a small pittance for the undertaker’s expenses, after a two-year apprentice program. /sarc

  2. We’re all equal…just some of us are more equal than others.

    So…while Greece was able to establish democracy over 2,000 years ago, they now turn to…slavery to achieve progress! Huh? Doesn’t sound very progressive to me.

    The trend is downwards, meaning it will only get worse without revolutionary change.

    Clearly our economic paradigm requires overhaul and redefinition if our planet (and mankind) is to have any hope, but don’t expect this to come from ‘the powers that be’ and their minions, not while the wealthiest 85 people on the planet have wealth equivalent to the poorest 3.5 billion.

  3. Verifiable sources would be helpful here.
    The info in this article may be just as reported, it may be unfiltered brainstorming taken out of context, or it may be totally made up.

  4. In my country The Netherlands unemployment benefit-claimants have to do a job as a return for their Bijstand-benefit. We call this “Maatschappelijk nuttige Tegenprestatie voor de Bijstand”, or work for the dole.

  5. Why not just eliminate the minimum wage? According to Google, the minimum wage in Greece is 683.76 € per month, or 8,205.12 € per year. That means that if a worker cannot produce this amount (or actually some margin more) for an employer, the employer will not hire them (no one freely hires employees that will cost them money). The solution is not to mandate free labor but to allow people to negotiate their own wages (something the minimum wage artificially limits). Certainly most unskilled workers will still have a market price higher than 0€/year even if it’s less than 8,205.12€. If the idea is that after a year of unpaid labor, the worker is now worth enough to pay the minimum wage or more, the same logic holds if they work a year for less than minimum wage (but more than zero) and develop the same skillset that makes them more valuable to their employer after that first year.

  6. Really? So they do a job without getting paid, a job that somebody else who is unemployed could do as a paid worker. What a contradiction is that? He is unemployed because there are not jobs but there is a job for him to do for free Is this the new slavery? People pay tax so when they get unemployed they get money to survive and to look for another job!!

  7. How about we eliminate minimum wage, with the condition of having a difference of 1 to 10 on difference between the employee that earn the most, or the CEO and the employee that earn the least. Or having a cap on maximum profits of a company for their shareholders, and the surplus is divided between employees. How about that? But according to your way of thinking, maybe people that goes to work could pay to the company an amount for keeping them busy at work, how about that? Eliminating minimum wage in a country with such low salaries like Greece is a suicide for people to be employed and also suffering from poverty. There is something worse than unemployment which is having a job and not earning enough to survive. Open your eyes!!!


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