By Wednesday, April 24, all salary workers in the private sector should have been paid their Easter bonus, according to law. This payment is roughly half the amount of the Christmas bonus. As the Labor Ministry clarified on Friday, the holiday bonuses cannot be replaced by commodities and can only be in cash of credit.
There was a surplus in the Labor Ministry's Ergani hirings register at the end of March, despite the increase to the minimum wage and the abolition of the subminimum salary. The impact of tourism and seasonal employment, combined with the domination of flexible forms of labor, led to a rebound in the market after a rather poor start to the year.
Food delivery and courier workers take to the streets of Athens on their way to the Labor Ministry during Thursday's 24-hour strike to demand better working conditions. Strikers are calling on employers to provide scooters to workers, who are not only obliged to use their own vehicles but also, frequently, to pay for gas and cover their own insurance.
The allegations that Greek authorities removed thousands of outstanding pension claims from the Labor Ministry registry in a bid to paint a brighter fiscal picture is certainly a sign of brutal disregard for citizens' rights. It's also a moral issue for the country, which has ultimately paid a heavy toll for the past misdeeds of those in government.
Pensioners are having to turn to the Ombudsman and the courts to find out what the correct amount of their monthly payout should be, following delays from the Labor Ministry in issuing the necessary notices specifying the amount due to each pensioner as of January 1, 2019, after the new calculation system was introduced.