August 24, 2017
Legislative hyperactivity for Tsipras' new narrative
Timing is everything, especially in politics. Alexis Tsipras now flooded parliament with a series of draft bills just ahead of the Thessaloniki International Fair, where traditionally prime ministers reboot their political agenda after the summer holidays. This barrage supports the narrative that Greece is indeed turning the page and that the government is productive in its legislative work.
The first bill will be from the Labour and Social ministry. The draft law will no longer make it necessary for engineers and lawyers to pay pension contributions when they are not employed, writes Macropolis. Currently, they are obliged to pay even when they are not in work. There will also be provisions related to unpaid and undeclared work, which the government wants to reduce. And there will be more penalties for companies that do not declare overtime for their staff. The subject is popular inside Syriza, which advocates better protection of workers rights. Politically more sensitive legislation will have to be adopted in the following weeks as well.