Power utility PPC’s administration and Genop, the corporation’s main union group, have finalized a deal for a new collective labor agreement, covering a three-year period, which is expected to be signed on March 23.
The new agreement, worth 78 million euros, according to union sources, includes indirect pay rises for personnel through improvements to existing allowances that had remained unchanged for years as a result of the country’s bailout agreement commitments concerning public sector companies.
A daily food allowance for all PPC employees will return to a level of six euros per day, from a reduction to four euros per day by the previous administration. Resulting amounts from this two-euro reduction were injected into a company social security fund for workers.
Also, special allowances for personnel stationed at the company’s production units are being reinstated, retroactively as of January 1, 2019, under the new agreement. Resulting amounts will be offered to employees over three installments.
The revisions agreed to for the new three-year collective labor agreement will not be subject to reappraisal once the new deal has expired.
ETE, a union representing the utility’s technical staff, has reacted against the Genop-PPC deal, describing it as an “unacceptable” agreement of “submission”.
According to ETE, Genop failed to negotiate any payroll increases at a time when PPC is set to announce annual profit increases worth millions and the company’s executives are on extremely handsome remuneration packages.
Power utility PPC and the corporation’s main union group Genop are believed to be within a few weeks of a deal for a new collective labor agreement, talks on which had begun late last year.
According to sources, the new agreement, to cover a three-year term, could be signed by the two sides within February, otherwise no later than March.
PPC and Genop want to have signed a new collective labor agreement before the existing deal expires in May.
The negotiating parties are believed to have agreed on terms that will ensure smooth labor relations and also offer workers a share of PPC’s favorable results.
Benefits for employees stationed at PPC facilities are expected to include improved daily food allowances, sources informed.
Genop also appears to have successfully demanded retroactive payment of supplementary allowances for front-line workers stationed at power stations and mines. These retroactive allowances, covering January 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020, are expected to be paid to workers over three installments.
Matters that still need to be resolved by PPC and Genop include the lifting of a wage freeze on salaries that was imposed as part of the country’s bailout agreement.
Power utility PPC and its main union group Genop have begun preliminary talks on a new collective labor agreement under the shadow of financial consequences prompted by the ongoing pandemic, a situation likely to weigh down on union expectations and demands.
Though the current deal, implemented in June, 2018, expires in May, 2021, the two sides agreed to start discussions now in order to determine the issues that will need to be negotiated for the establishment of a new agreement.
Both sides are hoping for a swift conclusion, possibly between March and April, sources informed.
The union group has so far indicated it will not push its demands to extremes, the sources added.
At this early stage, Genop appears determined to maintain favorable older revisions incorporated into preceding collective labor agreements, such as a daily food allowance of 4 euros per employee.
The union group is also expected to demand a three-year duration for the new collective labor agreement, as was agreed to for the existing deal expiring next May.
Genop may also seek improved salaries for lower-income earners, especially underpaid workers at higher-risk posts, including transmission tower climbers.
PPC’s administration appears willing to contribute to a labor framework that will ensure mutual satisfaction, especially in view of the corporation’s major transformation of activities.
Snam-Fluxys-Enagas, the three-member consortium that acquired control of Greek gas grid operator DESFA approximately one year ago, is close to finalizing a collective labor agreement with the operator’s union group.
The operator’s administration intends to soon start an appraisal process for sub-contracted workers who have offered their services to DESFA for years but have been kept off the company payroll.
The administration will seek to establish direct labor ties with all staff members organically linked to the operator. An estimated 350 workers belong to this category.