The bill containing the contentious labour reforms put forward by the centre-right government has been put to public consultation amid an already-strong backlash from opposition parties and unions.
As Greece prepares to officially launch this summer’s tourism season, the government’s vaccination record has come under scrutiny despite a recent increase in the rate at which jabs are being administered.
Labour Minister Kostis Hatzidakis was due to present the government’s contentious labour reforms on Wednesday, with a view to launching a public consultation period so the bill could then be adopted by the end of May or in early June.
The next steps in Greece’s gradual emergence from a six-month lockdown are set to be confirmed on Wednesday, although Covid-19 numbers have eased only marginally and there are doubts about the tourism sector’s ability to capitalise on the official reopening from Friday.
The government’s proposed labour market reforms and the extent to which they open up ideological divisions and show whether New Democracy has a progressive vision for Greece’s future are the issues at the core of the country’s political debate at the moment.
The government is hoping that the scientific committee advising it over its Covid-19 policy will agree on Friday to a further relaxation of the lockdown restrictions, building on the recent reopening of the retail and food service sectors.
A general strike and late May Day protest were held in Greece on Thursday in protest against upcoming labour legislation by the New Democracy government.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has assured an international audience that the Covid-19 situation in Greece will be much better over the coming months even though there has not been a significant reduction in pressure on public hospitals and some weaknesses in the vaccination process remain.
The informal talks on the Cyprus issue under the auspices of the United Nations concluded last Thursday with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres admitting that the meeting failed to find common ground.
The Greek government’s media policies have come under the spotlight again as the country appeared to backslide in international rankings of press freedom.