Kouvelis did not specify what particular demands he objected to. A government official said on condition of anonymity that the troika is pressing for further reductions in compensations paid to laid-off workers, and a freeze in automatic salary increases due to tenure. The official was not authorized to discuss the issue on the record.Kouvelis argued that further dilution of labor rights was more than austerity-fatigued Greeks can take, and will worsen a five-year recession and record-high unemployment. "I cannot accept such demands," he said.
Greek Junior Gov't Partner Rejects Labor Reforms
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