Tsipras calls for dialogue on labour market

Tsipras calls for dialogue on labour market

Athens, June 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Invitation to social bodies for a “fruitful and constructive dialogue for the improvement and rehabilitation of industrial relations, to restore collective negotiations, moving to a new productive model” sent Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, speaking at the annual general meeting of the Federation of Hellenic Enterprises (SEV).

The Prime Minister said that “we need labour market reforms that respect the social, psychological and creative aspects of the job and will not degrade the worker in a consumable component of the production process”.

“The unilateral, extreme neoliberal approach insisting on flexible labour, the reduction of labour costs and deregulation of the labour market, is ultimately counterproductive. As it works to the detriment not only of employees but also of labour productivity itself”, the Prime Minister said.

“Common European industrial policy in the spirit of the CFP”

“Europe needs a common European industrial policy in the spirit of the common agricultural policy (CAP)”, Tsipras said, specifying that the CAP, “despite the contradictions and the distortions” raised about 50 years ago two objectives: the nutritional adequacy of the continent and the support of the agricultural and livestock income.

“Both goals were largely achieve”, Tsipras said, stressing that on the contrary, the European industrial policy is mainly limited to regulatory aspects of the market and copyright, “leaving the essential issues of strengthening the competitiveness and distribution resources at the national level of the Member – States”.

The premier also talked about inequalities and “dualism between North – South” and stressed that the four major industrialized countries receive 45% of the capital of the European Investment Bank, while Greece 2.3% despite having 5% of the unemployed in the EU. He acknowledged, however, that the Juncker plan “is a positive move towards revitalization of investment”.

“We will utilize its potential to the utmost to the benefit of as many large and small Greek businesses”, Tsipras said and added that recently 42 investment projects were approved, totaling EUR 5.6 bn, which could have been used in this program.

“Let’s open a dialogue on the causes of the crisis”

The premier also highlighted the need to open in the EU a dialogue that will address the causes of the economic and political crisis, and well as the causes for the upsurge of nationalism and national conflicts.

“The pro-European forces, regardless of our positioning, can open a dialogue on the causes of the economic and political crisis”, he said. “Only if we agree that we are in political crisis and talk calmly about the causes we can look forward,” he said.

“Without private investment, employment growth will not drop at the desired pace”.

The PM argued that without private investment, “employment growth will not drop at the desired pace” and named the increase of domestic investment as a prerequisite.

He also sent a call “to domestic forces who believe in the prospects of the economy and the dynamics of their business to enhance their investment”, adding: “from our side we take all the necessary steps to restore confidence and restart the development process”.

“Insistence in the policy of internal devaluation proved wrong”

The Prime Minister stressed that “the insistence on the policy of internal devaluation proved wrong” and added that the recession has aggravated the crisis.

He reiterated that the government was not responsibile for any delays, while also stood on the need for “similar phenomena and practices” not to be repeated during the closure of the second evaluation.

“A Brexit would cause shockwaves”

Alexis Tsipras referred to the critical importance of the referendum in Britain, underlining that “a negative result, which all pro-European forces which against, would have adverse economic effects on the entire European and world economy”, while he added that it “would cause great turmoil in the European integration process itself”.