“The Digital Work Card, which starts today for 121,000 workers in banks and supermarkets in the first phase, is a revolution in the labor market. It is a reform with a strong social sign, because it is the best guarantee for respect of working hours and overtime employee”.
This was stated by the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Kostis Hatzidakis, who, on the occasion of the start of the application of the Card from today, July 1st, in the specific business sectors, visited a supermarket store in the center of Athens, observed the operation of the Digital Card and talked with employees, who used their Card for the first time in the morning, at the start of their working hours.
It is reminded that the Digital Job Card is included in the myErgani app for mobile phones, which is available for devices with the Android and iOS operating systems. Also, the CardScanner app is available to businesses, which “reads” the employee’s Digital Card when entering and leaving work and transmits the start and end of work information in real time to the “ERGANI” Information System. The Digital Work Card is applicable from today in all banks, as well as in supermarkets with more than 250 employees.
Mr. Hatzidakis emphasized that, with the Digital Work Card, the employee’s arrival and departure from work will be recorded in real time and thus no one will be able to steal working hours anymore and added: “The 8 hours will not be able to are declared as 4 hours. We are determined to extend this measure to the entire labor market and to large, medium and small enterprises. It is a request of the GSEE, which is implemented by this government, implementing what we believe is a social policy in practice.
The European Commission supports this measure. It is financed by the European Union, through the Recovery Fund.
We are determined to go ahead with it and next year such a time has been applied to other sectors, such as security companies, industry, DEKO, tourism and catering, which are sectors with greater delinquency. We are committed to moving forward in this direction. People don’t want big words, proclamations and slogans, they want specific measurable work. This is the Digital Work Card and, for this reason, I would like to thank all my collaborators, the General Secretary, Anna Stratinakis, the General Director, Konstantinos Agrapidas and all those who participated, so that this technically difficult project could be done”.
For her part, the General Secretary of Labor Relations, Anna Stratinaki, said: “It is a great wish for the flagship of the reforms that the Digital Work Card is well-traveled. Next to the workers. Perhaps the most important “weapon” against delinquency is being established, which it will help the Labor Inspectorate in its work decisively, but at the same time it will also help the healthy competition of businesses.The measure was embraced.
The Ministry of Labor thanks all the businesses that are currently in the first phase of operation of the Digital Labor Card, i.e. supermarkets and banks, employers and employees.
It was probably the most difficult project that has become a reality, difficult from an operational, institutional, but also IT level. A big thank you to the ministry, to all its executives, to the General Director of Informatics, to the General Director of Labor and of course I will not fail to mention the undivided support of the Ministry of Digital Governance and Kyriakos Pierrakakis.
Our minister sat by our side all this time because it was probably one of the biggest and most difficult projects ever done and that was due to the live implementation of data relay in the “TOOLS” system, the most important element of this whole process.
So, just as the prime minister had said, already a year ago, this dream is coming true. The worker has an irresistible “weapon” in his hands against delinquency and unfair competition, which is created when there are delinquent systems in the field of the labor market.