It all started when well-known musician, and a candidate MP with SYRIZA in the recent elections of May and June 2023, made a post on X.com, commenting on the fact that supermarkets will be open on Sunday, New Year's Eve. However, this is not a decision of the current government, but something that has been common in the Greek market for many decades.
Minister for Labour Adonis Georgiades, posted on X.com that the shops are always open on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. At the same time he reminded that legislation provides for extra pay for employees and a day off afterwards as a reward.
Θαυμάστε έναν υποψήφιο βουλευτή του Σύριζα που δεν γνωρίζει ότι πάντα την παραμονή των Χριστουγέννων και της Πρωτοχρονιάς τα καταστήματα ήταν ανοικτά. Η νομοθεσία προβλέπει και την επιπλέον αμοιβή των εργαζομένων αλλά και το ρεπό τους μετά. Αλλά ας φανταστούμε μία γενική αρχή που… https://t.co/gJ9DhD3onv
— Άδωνις Γεωργιάδης (@AdonisGeorgiadi) December 31, 2023
“You have to admire a Syriza candidate who doesn't know that shops have always been open on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. The legislation also provides for extra pay for employees and their time off afterwards. But let us imagine a general principle that no one would work on Bank Holidays, i.e. all catering outlets have no employees? So are they closed too? Entertainment centers? Also. Hotels etc.? Commonly for the sake of our normal life many employees work on such days and retail workers by law. People who have found everything easy in their lives and have not understood how the economy works say such “clever things”….”, wrote Adonis Georgiades.
For the record, the opening of shops on the last Sunday of the year in case it coincides with December 31, as well as the Sunday before Christmas was established before the war under the government of Ioannis Metaxas and continued until its legal framework for the first time in 1966 with Royal Decree 748/66. Article 6, entitled “Exceptions to certain provisions΄on certain Sundays”:
- On the last Sunday of the year, the provision of work by employees and the operation of undertakings, establishments, services and operations in general shall be permitted, provided that it coincides with 31 December of each year.
- By way of exception, shops of all kinds may also be operated during the regular opening hours on Sundays coinciding with the period between 21 and 24 December of each year. In particular, in the case of fishmongers, also on the Sunday of 25 March.