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Factsheet for case GR-2020-28/1120 – measures in Greece

Suspension of the collective agreement of the tour guides of Crete and Santorini in case of pandemic

Αναστολή συλλογικής σύμβασης εργασίας ξεναγών Κρητης και Σαντορίνης σε περίπτωση πανδημίας

Country Greece , applies locally

    • – EL4 NΗΣΙΑ ΑΙΓΑΙΟΥ, KΡΗΤΗ (NISIA AIGAIOU, KRITI)
Time period Temporary, 09 July 2020 – 31 December 2021
Type Bipartite collective agreements
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Other
Author Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)
Case created 14 September 2020 (updated 18 September 2020)

Background information

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.

Content of measure

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.

Use of measure

There is no information.

Contents

  • Basic working time
  • Health and safety
  • Pay increases
  • Work organisation

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Trade unions
Employers' organisations
No special funding required

Social partners

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:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level

Involvement

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".

Views and reactions

The content of the collective agreement is accepted by both parties (employers and employees). That's why they signed it.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      N - Administrative And Support Service Activities N79 Travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Legal, social, cultural and related associate professionals

Sources

  • 22 February 2018: Σ.Σ.Ε. (22.2.2018) για τους όρους αμοιβής και εργασίας των Ξεναγών που εργάζονται με σύμβαση εξαρτημένης εργασίας στις επιχειρήσεις τουριστικών γραφείων Κρήτης και Σαντορίνη (www.taxheaven.gr)
  • 09 July 2020: Σ.Σ.Ε. (9.7.2020) Για τους όρους αμοιβής και εργασίας των Ξεναγών που εργάζονται με σύμβαση εξαρτημένης εργασίας στις επιχειρήσεις τουριστικών Γραφείων Κρήτης και Σαντορίνη (www.taxheaven.gr)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Suspension of the collective agreement of the tour guides of Crete and Santorini in case of pandemic, case GR-2020-28/1120 (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.