New collective agreement for notary office workers
A national occupational collective agreement on pay and working conditions for workers in Greek notary offices was concluded in April 1999. The deal provides for particularly favourable working conditions, mainly as regards terms and conditions such as annual leave and time off for childcare.
On 29 April 1999, a new national occupational collective agreement governing the pay and working conditions for workers in notary offices all over Greece was signed by the Federation of Greek Private Employees (OIYE) and the Notary Associations of Courts of Appeal. It covers about 4,000 workers for one year beginning on 1 January 1999.
As regards pay issues, the deal provides for an increase of 1% on workers' basic wages as they stood on 31 December 1998, backdated to 1 January 1999. The following extra payments are also specified:
- a 15% allowance for computer operators;
- a 15% allowance for graduates of technological educational institutions;
- an allowance of 5% for workers with three or more children;
- a seniority allowance of 3.5% for each 10 years of work in the sector, up to a limit of two 10-year periods; and
- a marriage allowance of 12% for all married, divorced or widowed wage-earners, which is also granted to unmarried parents, provided they have custody of a child or children.
With regard to other terms and conditions, those set by the new agreement are more favourable than those set by the general institutional framework (either legislation or the National General Collective Agreement). In particular, the agreement contains the following provisions:
- workers who have completed 10 years of work in the sector, regardless of employer, receive regular annual leave of five weeks, meaning 30 working days for those working six-day weeks or 25 working days for those working five-day weeks;
- working mothers are entitled to work shorter hours for a period of four years after the birth of a child in order to allow for breast-feeding and the increased care necessary for raising a child. They may either interrupt their working day, leave work earlier, or start work later. Their working day is shortened by two hours for the first two years after the birth, and by one hour for the next two years. Alternatively, the father may ask to take the leave of absence for childcare, provided the mother does not make use of it. The shorter working day is considered to be a normal working day, and is paid as such; and
- a worker may not be dismissed during the last five years before he or she reaches legal retirement age.