In a clear warning to the supermarket sector, Labor Minister Zeta Emilianido said on Thursday that the law bans the opening of stores on May 1 and that the government will ensure it is complied with.
This year Labor Day falls on the Saturday before Greek Orthodox Easter, which is one of the busiest days as consumers flock to the Easter Sunday festive table.
Both supermarkets and butchers have been pressuring the Ministry of Labor to allow stores to open despite the holiday. They argue that the particular shop law cited by the ministry to reject their calls is unconstitutional, and insists that its completion on Saturday will create a major attraction for shoppers on Friday in violation of corona virus protocols.
The supermarket association went further, indicating that some of their members would open any way.
The May 1 holiday is not subject to government decisions, but Emilianido picked up the handbook on Thursday to emphasize that the provisions of Section 23 of the Act on the Employment Conditions of Shops and Their Employees do not empower any physical will to decide differently.
“We have made it very clear in every direction that there will be no discussion aimed at violating the law and being illegal,” he said.
The minister said the association of supermarkets had wrongly said that the law was inactive or unconstitutional in any way.
“The ministry assures both merchants and employees that the law will be fully implemented in all public stores and especially in supermarkets during the May 1 holidays, in view of the unprecedented public statement of the Supermarkets Association that they intend to break the law,” he said.
Emilianido clarified that the Supreme Court had ruled that only certain rules introduced by Parliament regarding the determination of shopping hours by law were unconstitutional, while that this right belonged to the administrator.
These rules were amended by Parliament based on the observations of the Supreme Court and restored the power to determine shopping hours by issuing orders.
“Looking at the above, everyone would have expected that the Pansibrian Supermarkets Association would recognize the legally protected right of their celebratory employees to the May 1 holiday. Worker’s celebration. Finished.