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Greek Labour Relations in Transition in a Global Context

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Dimosthenis Daskalakis

The book investigates Greek industrial relations in a global context at different periods. Combining sociological, institutional, political and social aspects, it discusses industrial relations from statism that prevailed up to the ‘80s, to policies after the early ‘90s requesting modernisation and democratic neocorporatism. It also analyzes the dramatic overthrow of the institutional and real balance in the labour market after the conclusion of the Memorandum with the E.U. and I.M.F. and the great recession of the last six years.

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Instead of an Epilogue: Focusing into the Major Changes

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A series of individual changes in the structure of the Greek system of collective bargaining will result in their decentralising at company level rather than at in- dustry level which has been in effect up to date. Such regulations and changes have been both the elimination of overlapping provisions of collective employ- ment agreements (CEAs) and the ineffective principle of favourable regulation combined with the introduction of the new institution of special company agree- ments. Equally important, if not the most important issue, are other measures adopted such as: the abolition of the institution of the extension of CEAs, a fact that leads to the creation of conditions of fierce competition between compa- nies, fragmentation and competition among employees, multi-fragmentation of the market and to the deregulation of labour relations. This measure, combined with the former – that is, the decentralization at company level – intensifies the competition in the market and the multi-fragmentation in industrial relations. Repeated legislative changes to the system of collective bargaining, start- ing from the initial Memorandum, the updated Memorandum up to the latest Memorandum have led to a complete restructuring of the system of collective bargaining. Up to the latest Memorandum, the system of collective bargaining was operational, since it had been making use, at a central level, of national bar- gaining to guarantee the minimum levels of protection and payment, while leav- ing flexibility so that the system of collective bargaining can be decentralised at the company level, but within a structured framework of industrial...

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