KINAL leader calls for raise of minimum salary to 751 euros, at general strike rally
The minimum monthly salary should be raised to 751 euros and lowestncome households as well as the middle class should be supported, PASOK-Movement for Change (KINAL) leader Nikos Androulakis said on Wednesday during a protest rally in Athens.
The protest by umbrella unions of the private and public sector GSEE and ADEDY, respectively, was part of a 24-hour general strike that called for raises in salaries to fight the rising prices of living, among other demands.
"VAT on basic goods must be reduced," Androulakis said, "and a ceiling placed on the adjustment clause, and excessive profits of large companies be taxed."
Criticizing the government, the party leader said that 43 billion euros were spent during the coronavirus pandemic, while the prime minister had announced at the Thessaloniki International Fair that tax would be lowered for wealth transfers of up to 4.2 million euros. "These are not policies of a merit-based fiscal policy. They are policies placed in priority by Mr. Mitsotakis based on his own ideas and views. We have a different view on fiscal policy," Androulakis noted.