GSEE to press home advantage
By: Foo Yun Chee
Trade union umbrella body is firmly against any role for private sector involvement in workers' pensions
"The first strike showed the government that its proposals have no place in society, leading to their withdrawal.
The next strike will seek to assert our claims," he told reporters at the presentation of the union's actuarial study on the Greek social security system conducted by INE, GSEE's labor institute.
Spyros Papaspyros, head of civil servants' union ADEDY, noted that while the April 26 strike signaled that workers do not plan to retreat from their stand on social security reforms, the general strike planned for Thursday would be more aggressive.
Polyzogopoulos also reaffirmed the union's contention that the crux of the Greek social security system's problems lies in its funding or the lack of it.
The union claimed that present state funding amounts to just 2 percent.
Polyzogopoulos also criticized the absence of any official confirmation on increasing state contributions to the social security system. Both Prime Minister Costas Simitis and Labor Minister Tassos Yiannitsis have confirmed that the subject of funding will be included in the forthcoming social dialogue without, however, going into the specifics.
GSEE's emphasis on increased state financial support as a solution to the social security system's problems comes in sharp contrast to the labor minister's shelved proposals, which sought to raise the retirement age and lower payable pension benefits.
Presenting the actuarial study on the Greek social security system, INE economist Giorgos Romanias stressed that the set up has one principal structural weakness, that of insufficient funds.
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