Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou appealed to all employers not to fire staff and instead turn to government support schemes, application procedures for which will be rolled out this week, she said in an interview published on Sunday.
Emilianidou was quoted in Phileleftheros saying the government aims to upload all unemployment allowances by the end of the month for people who cannot go to work due to Covid-19 measures taken by the state.
“I appeal to all employers not to fire any staff because we need to be patient and face this situation together. Employers must try to keep their employees, that is what our measures are for, with which we will support all these employers.”
Applications offering allowance for parents who will have to stay home to look after their children due to schools closing could be available as of Monday, according to the report. One of the two parents will be eligible provided their monthly salary does not exceed €2,500 gross.
Emilianidou said companies which will participate in government plans to allow them to keep their employees and stay afloat will have to abide by certain conditions – particularly not being permitted to fire staff for a period of 12 months.
So far, the ministry has not received any information about people being fired, she said.
The minister added that this week the government is expected to roll out a support scheme for self-employed persons while the state is assessing how to help people such as actors, hairdressers, taxi drivers and personal trainers.