The Cosco-managed Piraeus Port Authority, which operates Greece’s biggest and busiest port, has reportedly agreed, in principle, with union locals representing workers over a new general labor code, aimed at liberalizing the decades-old regime that existed at the facility under a state-run administration.
According to Naftemporiki newspaper, the new contract, which has 21 articles, defines the rights and obligations of both sides, and fulfills the Chinese shipping giant’s oft-repeated intention of making the port of Piraeus more competitive and efficient through a more flexible work schedule, such as instituting a flat eight-hour shift with overtime paid thereafter. The port’s organizational chart is also revised and updated, while the manner in which individual work contracts are terminated also changes.
Another new reform – at least as far as Greece’s cavernous public sector is concerned – is an evaluation process for workers and management.
Agreeing over a new labor code is considered as an imperative before the port authority’s new management and unions start substantive negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement, which has a September deadline for concluding.