Greece Toughens Redundancy Procedures in Compliance With European Social Charter



Greece’s Labor Ministry plans to introduce over the following days the ”Valid Reason Principle” into Greek law regarding workers losing their jobs due to redundancy.

The new bill will soon come before the Greek Parliament for a discussion and a subsequent vote.

If the legislation is ratified, Greece will be in compliance with the revised ”European Social Charter” of 2016, which toughens redundancy procedures to safeguard European workers’ rights.

After the bill is passed, Greek courts will have to consider whether or not the reason for a firing is ”valid” in order to accept it as legal.

The full text of the European Social Charter, which is expected to become part of Greece’s domestic law, states that in order to ensure the effective exercise of the right of workers to protection in cases of termination of employment, the employers undertake to recognize certain criteria.

It stipulates that it is the right of all workers not to have their employment terminated without valid reasons for such termination connected with their capacity or conduct, or based on the operational requirements of the undertaking, establishment or service.

In addition, workers whose employment is terminated without a valid reason have a right to adequate compensation or other appropriate relief.

”To this end,” the Charter stipulates, ”the Parties undertake to ensure that a worker who considers that his employment has been terminated without a valid reason shall have the right to appeal to an impartial body.”