Greek bankers win international support for the right to bargain

Bank of Athens?!Greek bank workers are currently campaigning to retain pension schemes that they previously negotiated with their employers, but which Greek law now undermines.

The Greek government, concerned at demographic changes and the future viability of pension schemes, changed the law in 2005 to allow unilateral cancellation of these schemes.

In response, the Greek Federation of Bank Employee Unions, with assistance from UNI, took a complaint to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The ILO is a United Nations agency which promotes social justice and labour rights agency.  It is made up of government, employer and trade union representatives.

It ruled that the Greek government’s actions were a breach of ILO Convention 98 protecting workers’ right to bargain collectively.  The ILO has called on the Greek government to stop all interference with the negotiated pension schemes in banks and to bring together unions and employers to agree jointly on the future of the schemes (i.e. to negotiate a solution instead of impose it).

(thanks to reedcat for the photo)

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