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Factsheet for case GR-2020-12/1057 – measures in Greece

Information and support group 'ANTI-COVID-19' for workers by trade union GSEE

Συσταση ομάδας πληροφόρησης και υποστήριξης Εργαζομένων “ANTI-COVID 19” από τη γσε

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 18 March 2020
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Other
Author Elena Kousta (INE GSEE) and Eurofound
Case created 03 September 2020 (updated 18 September 2020)

Background information

According to the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE), dealing with the COVID-19 it's an unprecedented situation, which resulted in exceptional emergency measures which particularly affects the labour market, and therefore the working conditions. For this reason, GSEE through its structures and network, will provide prompt information on their website, instructions and clarifications on the new measures and policies for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Content of measure

GSEE creates the 'ANTI-COVID-19' Employee Information and Support Group. The Group runs a special web page dedicated to the pandemic through which the workers (through a platform):

  • can obtain information and clarification on labour market issues;
  • submit questions and receive individualised answers;
  • submit any complaints with full respect of anonymity and in order to prevent any phenomena of employers' arbitrariness.

GSEE also calls on workers to be individually and collectively vigilant in managing the consequences of the emergency situation, receive the immediate information and to resort to the help of the trade unions in order to tackle their problems at work and face any employers' arbitrariness during the crisis. Support is aimed at all employees throughout Greece, without restrictions. Anyone independently of union membership can use the website and the supporting structures of GSEE to:

  • be informed of its working conditions and on what is entitled to as a result of the measures to deal with the COVID-19 crisis,
  • ask questions about changes in terms and conditions of work,
  • submit specific complaints about employers' arbitrariness,
  • report and make complaints of attempts or acts from employers to restrict collective action
  • submit complaints on violation of workers' rights.

Use of measure

The "Anti-COVID-19" Information initiative was quite succesful and an important number of workers either visited the web sites of GSEE and its supporting organisations (KEPEA, INE/GSEE, EEKE) or turned to the platform for information and help.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Trade unions
Trade union

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative No involvement
Form Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Only trade unions
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

The measure was absolutely an initiative of Trade union. GSEE designed, implemented, founded and made the monitoring of this initiative.

Views and reactions

The trade unions supported the measure. The employers organizations did not react.

Sources

  • 18 March 2020: ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ 18/3/20 ΣΥΣΤΑΣΗ ANTI-COVID-19 ΟΜΑΔΑΣ ΠΛΗΡΟΦΟΡΗΣΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΥΠΟΣΤΗΡΙΞΗΣ ΕΡΓΑΖΟΜΕΝΩ (gsee.gr)
  • 19 March 2020: ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ 19/3/20 ΤΣΟΥΝΑΜΙ ΕΡΩΤΗΜΑΤΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΤΑΓΓΕΛΙΩΝ ΣΤΗΝ ΑΝTI COVID 19 ΟΜΑΔΑ ΤΗΣ ΓΣΕΕ (gsee.gr)
  • 20 March 2020: Κοροναϊός : Βροχή καταγγελιών από εργαζόμενους στη ΓΣΕΕ (www.tanea.gr)
  • 08 April 2020: ΠΛΑΤΦΟΡΜΑ ΓΣΕΕ ΑΝΤΙ-COVID-19 - Στοιχεία για τα ερωτήματα και τις καταγγελίες των εργαζομένων σε όλη την επικράτεια - Σε συνεχή επαγρύπνηση η ΓΣΕΕ και οι δομές τη (www.kepea.gr)
  • 08 April 2020: Πλατφόρμα ΓΣΕΕ anti-covid-19: Τι αποκαλύπτουν τα στοιχεία από τα ερωτήματα και τις καταγγελίες (www.capital.gr)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Information and support group 'ANTI-COVID-19' for workers by trade union GSEE, case GR-2020-12/1057 (measures in Greece), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.