In January, the process to determine the minimum wage increase will begin, as announced by the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Kostis Hatzidakis, speaking on a program of the SKAI television station.
As he said, at the beginning of January 2023, the consultation with the social partners, the scientific institutes, the Bank of Greece and the KEPE will begin and then the Minister of Labor will propose the amount of the minimum wage, taking into account the results of the consultation and the development of the economy as a whole. “We will examine on the one hand the competitiveness of businesses and the economy and on the other hand the needs of employees. We are not giving anyone the monopoly of social sensitivity”, said Mr. Hatzidakis.
Regarding the financial support to the citizens, the Minister of Labor replied that the government is distinguished for its social sensitivity and added that “we lived it all, we paid it and this government is not of that school”.
With reference to the housing policy, Mr. Hatzidakis spoke of restarting the housing policy, pointing out that, for many years, there has been no substantial, central, coordinated housing policy.
As he noted, the new housing policy will focus mainly on young couples, as housing costs are high and this fact creates pressure and increases the demographic. “We will make use of all the tools and implement a modern subsidized housing policy” he underlined.
With reference to pensions, the Minister of Labor emphasized that pensions will be unfrozen for everyone after 12 years and clarified that an overall increase will be given to pensioners that will be a function of the increase in GDP and the increase in the price index, while he reminded that, from on January 1, 2023, the solidarity levy is abolished.
Among other things, Mr. Hatzidakis stated that the government has faced the major problems with seriousness and responsibility. “Unemployment has decreased from 17.3% to 12.1%. This is a result of the overall government policy and, despite the energy crisis, the forecasts are that again this year, not only because of tourism, we will have strong growth in Greece. This is a result of the government’s overall economic policy,” commented the minister.
Finally, Mr. Hatzidakis pointed out that the outstanding main pensions amount to 30,000, in addition to the international ones and will be dealt with immediately. As he mentioned, a great effort has been made to speed up the process of awarding pending pensions, which has already borne fruit.