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Published on : Friday, July 21, 2017
Greek hotel and restaurant employees have called for a 24-hour strike over what they say is a decline of workers’ rights as record numbers of tourists arrive in the country boosting the country’s tourism industry.
This year, Greece expects to welcome 300 million foreign tourists, who will bring in revenue worth 14 billion Euros. The tourist industry employs around one fifth of the country’s workforce.
Nikos Papageorgiou, Member of the Union of Employees in Hotels and Restaurants said, “The growth of tourism with 30 million tourists that we are told is supposed to benefit not only the employers but us and the country, is a big lie. We work very hard and they give us nothing. Our average salary is just 420 Euros all over the country and they tell us that with these salaries we will have better days.”
In spite of the strike, majority of hotel businesses worked normally.