According to its critics, this new legislation will formalize unpaid overtime. The country is scheduled to hold several events on Thursday.
On Thursday, June 10, Greek transportation and public services were paralyzed. The country has been hit by a 24-hour national strike against the new labor law, which critics say will regularize unpaid overtime.
Social movements closed ferries and trains, forced the rescheduling of flights, and closed most public transportation in Athens. Public services are closed throughout the day like public media, while several protests are planned in the capital and other major cities.
The government guarantees reforms — which will be voted in parliament next week — introduce optional flexibility in working hours, establish remote working rules, and provide protection against sexual harassment in the workplace. Labor Minister Kostis Hatzidakis recalled that the new regulations would allow employees to negotiate with management the possibility of extending working hours and then taking more vacations during part of the year.
But for trade unions and opposition parties, these new rules have formalized the exploitation of overtime by employers, especially large companies, which have been in place for many years.