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Greece: Low wages and limited off-season benefits lead to acute tourism worker shortage

Added 2024-03-14


According to Giorgos Hotzoglou, president of the Panhellenic Federation of Food and Tourism Workers (POEET) speaking to, reasons causing the shortage include low unemployment benefits that last only three months (most hotel workers are fired at the end of the summer season) and a low average salary of 1,200 euros. "How can hotel workers cover the remaining six months", he asks, pointing out that work intensity with 14 hour days is another major disincentive. Rather than raising wages, employers had the Public Employment Service (DYPA) organize its first online "European Tourism Career Day, Work in Greece – Filoxenia" in cooperation with the EU Employment Service (EURES). POEET is planning a strike for April 17, 2024.