ILO high level mission: need to strengthen collective bargaining and social dialogue


The Greek government has been pushing through a number of labour relations reforms as part of the austerity packages that have been forced upon the Greek people by the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Commission,. The reforms included the annulment of collective agreements. The unions have complained about these measures to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The ILO sent a High-level Mission to Greece to consider the application of a number of Conventions which were violated. The Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations of the ILO considered the report 9 December 2011. The Committee underlined the important role that can be played by the ILO to support the Government and the social partners in the development and implementation of relevant and appropriate reforms to the labour market and its institutions so that these are in conformity with ratified International Labour Standards. The committee further emphasized the need for rapid support to bolster the labour relations system, promote collective bargaining and create a meaningful space for social dialogue which builds upon the traditions of the social partners. The Committee of Experts will issue their report in February 2012.
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