Greece & Germany National Workshops
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In Greece, bilateral meetings with stakeholders’ group representatives were held during November 2015. More specifically, meetings took place at the Piraeus Port Authority SA, Thessaloniki Port Authority SA, Ministry of Merchant Marine, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance, the Association of Greek Ports (ELIME) and the Federation of Loaders and Unloaders of Greece (OFE).
In Greece there are three different structures of port workers. The first has to do with the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki in which the port workers have a permanent working relation with the Port Authority, operating type port entity that in the case of Piraeus the majority of the shareholding capital has been transferred to Cosco Group (Cosco Pacific), while in the case of Thessaloniki a similar tender is in progress. Port workers fall in two categories, i.e. equipment drivers, yard planners, warehouse personnel etc. are permanent employees of the Port Authority, while dockworkers are a special case of port employees with different status in Piraeus and Thessaloniki, respectively. Certain job profiles apply for equipment drivers/operators, foremen, and tallymen.