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Factsheet for measure GR-2020-28/1120 – measures in Greece
, applies locally
|Time period||Temporary, 09 July 2020 – 31 December 2021|
|Type||Bipartite collective agreements|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
|Author||Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)|
|Measure added||14 September 2020 (updated 18 September 2020)|
During 2020, only a few sectoral or occupational collective agreements were signed. More specifically, until September 2020, only 11 collective labour agreements had been concluded. The vast majority of them (10 out of 11) do not include clauses relating to the pandemic. Only the occupational / local collective agreement of the tour guides in Crete and Santorini includes a condition that provides for the suspension of the agreement due to cases of “force majeure’, including pandemic.
On 9 July 2020, an occupational collective agreement was signed covering the tour guides working for the tourist offices of Crete and Santorini. The collective agreement was signed between the "Association of Tourist and Travel Agencies of Crete" and the "Trade Union of Professional Guides of Crete and Santorini". A new term has been added between the terms laid down in the agreement and in particular in the section relating to reasons that can result in the cancellation of the collective agreement. This sets out the cases of “force majeure” for which the collective agreement is suspended. Among the cases of force majeure is the pandemic. As long as the pandemic exists and there is low or no turnover of the companies, the implementation of the agreement is suspended. It should be noted that the corresponding previous collective agreement (2018-2019) did not specify the cases of force majeure for which the employment agreement could be suspended.
There is no information.
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
It is an occupational collective agreement for tour guides working in the tourist offices of Crete and Santorini. The collective agreement was signed between the "Association of Tourist and Travel Agencies of Crete" and the "Trade union of Professional Guides of Crete and Santorini".
The content of the collective agreement is accepted by both parties (employers and employees). That's why they signed it.
This case is sector-specific (only private sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|N - Administrative And Support Service Activities||N79 Travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities|
This case is occupation-specific
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Legal, social, cultural and related associate professionals|
Eurofound (2020), Suspension of the collective agreement of the tour guides of Crete and Santorini in case of pandemic, measure GR-2020-28/1120 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/GR-2020-28_1120.html
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