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Greece - Minimum Wages - 2009


LAST UPDATE

20 April 2009

SOURCES


Name of Act

Act No. 1876 concerning free collective bargaining and other provisions,
Ephémeris tès Kybernesseos, partie I, 1990-03-08, No. 27, p. 187-197.

Name of Act

Act No. 1837 concerning the protection of young persons in employment and other provisions,
dated 22 March 1989, Ephêmeris tês kyhernêseôs, Partie I, 1989-03-23, No. 85, p. 1105-1109.

Name of Act

National General Collective Labour Agreement for 2008-2009

MINIMUM WAGE FIXING


Procedure


Procedure in general

The national minimum wage rates are determined in a General Collective Labour Agreement entered into by the social partners. The government gives legal force to the agreement.
Act No. 1876 concerning free collective bargaining and other provisions §3 and 8
Eurofound: Eurofound:

Minimum wage set through decentralized collective bargaining

Workers Representatives and Employers Representatives agree on the General Collective Labour Agreement.

In addition, there are five levels of collective agreement: national; sectoral; enterprise-level; national occupational; and local occupational. The scope of an occupational level collective agreement may be extended if: 1) The agreement applies to 51% of the workers in the occupation and the Minister of Labour, having consulted the High Council of Labour, has determined it necessary to extend the agreement; or 2) The workers and employers party to the collective agreement request that the Minister of Labour make such an extension.
Act No. 1876 concerning free collective bargaining and other provisions §3 and 8; §1, 8, 11

Criteria


Other provisions

The legislation does not set forth the criteria to be considered by the social partners during their negotiations on the national minimum wage rates.

Coverage


Scope

The General Collective Labour Agreement (EGSSE) applies in general to all workers throughout the country, including homeworkers and workers employed by the State in a public enterprise, bound by an employment relationship governed by private law.
Pay levels for civil servants are determined in a separate agreement.
Act No. 1876 concerning free collective bargaining and other provisions §8

Excluded categories


» Workers

Live-in domestic workers are excluded from the scope of the National General Labour Collective agreement. Wages are to be determined between the parties.
Information from the Ministry of Employment and Social Protection, 30 September 2009

Specific minimum wage rates


» Specific minimum wage by occupation

The National Geneval Collective Labour Agreement for 2008-2009 foresees different minimum wages for blue- and white-collar workers.
National General Collective Labour Agreement for 2008-2009 Wage Table

» Specific minimum wage by sector

The General Collective Labour Agreement does not provide different minimum wages by sector.

Lower level collective agreements may be inter alia concluded at sectoral level.
Act No. 1876 concerning free collective bargaining and other provisions §3 and 11

» Specific minimum wage by region

The minimum wages as provided by the General Collective Labour Agreement 2008-2009 do not differ by region.
National General Collective Labour Agreement for 2008-2009

» Minimum wage levels for specific categories of workers


» Trainees

Young persons at work should receive at least the minimum daily wage for unskilled workers specified in the National General Collective Agreement, in accordance with the number of hours worked.
Act No. 1837 concerning the protection of young persons in employment and other provisions §6

» Other categories

Separate minimum wage rates are established for married workers and employees, and non-married workers and employees.
The minimum wage rates stipulated in the General Collective Labour Agreement are set on a scale in accordance with the number of years of work experience a worker or employee has. With every three years of work completed, the minimum wage entitlement increases.
National General Collective Labour Agreement for 2008-2009 §1, Schedule I

Level


Minimum wage level(s) in national currency

€33,04 daily (unmarried worker without children, without seniority, since 1 May 2009)

€31.31 daily (unmarried worker without children, without seniority, 1 September 2008 - 30 April 2009)
National General Collective Labour Agreement for 2008-2009 §1, Schedule I

Last minimum wage update

1 May 2009
National General Collective Labour Agreement for 2008-2009 §1

In-kind allowances

No relevant provision identified.

Rate of payment


» Daily

Yes - For wage earners.
National General Collective Labour Agreement for 2008-2009 §1

» Monthly

Yes - For salaried employees.
National General Collective Labour Agreement for 2008-2009 §1

Scheduled frequency of adjustment

Collective agreements may be concluded for a fixed term of not less than one year or for an indefinite period. In the event that a collective agreement expires, its provisions shall remain in force for 6 months following the expiration date. The parties to a collective agreement may decide that a collective agreement shall have retroactive effect as from the date the previous collective agreement ceased to apply.
In practice, the General Collective Labour Agreement is renegotiated on a bi-annual basis.
Act No. 1876 concerning free collective bargaining and other provisions §9

Enforcement mechanisms


Fines in national currency for non-respect of legislation

An employer or an employer’s representative who contravenes the provisions of a collective agreement, including the provisions concerning minimum rates of pay, shall be liable to a fine of at least 200,000 drachmas (EUR 590).
Act No. 1876 concerning free collective bargaining and other provisions §21

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