Challenges in enforcing new labour law

By Yannis Marinos

It is conceivable that the new labour law shepherded through Parliament by Labour Minister Kostis Hatzidakis might have been approved by almost all opposition parties had it not included provisions that affect unprecedented privileges enjoyed until now by trade unionists, thanks to a well-known law passed under Pasok rule.

Retirees will immediately receive temporary pensions

Labor Minister Kostis Hatzidakis has announced that all those awaiting the issue their pension will receive a temporary one that will range from 345 to 384 euros a month, depending on their years of service.

It will also be paid out retroactively - concerning the entire period since the submission of their application.

‘Green levy’ on diesel consumption from January

Motorists that use diesel will pay 0.04 euros more per liter for their car fuel from the start of 2021 due to the imposition of an environmental tax of €0.03/liter plus value-added tax that Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis has announced.

The measure has been included in the amendment to the zoning bill for the support of renewable energy sources tabled on Thursday.