Measures to strengthen the incomes of low salary and pension recipients without endangering the country’s fiscal course were promised yesterday by Prime Minister Simitis to representatives of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE), one week prior to the Prime Minister’s announcements at the International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki. The president of the GSEE, Christos Polyzogopoulos, stated more could be done to strengthen the incomes of the employed.
Prime Minister Costas Simitis also held a meeting in parliament on Thursday with PASOK’s Parliament Group Secretary Nikos Levoyiannis, also attended by Minister of State Alekos Akrivakis and the ruling party’s secretary Michalis Chrysohoidis.
Levoyiannis and Akrivakis conveyed to Simitis the PASOK deputies’ concerns over the current political climate, expressing their optimism for an improvement of pre-election climate in the provinces, following their recent contacts around the country.
PASOK deputies should step up their pre-election campaign, Simitis said.
In reply to a question regarding the debate on the new electoral law, Akrivakis said that the premier himself raised the specific issue during the meeting, adding that the Parliament Group is scheduled to convene in October to deal exclusively with the electoral law.
”Obviously the target would be to achieve a convergence of differing views,” Akrivakis said.
Meanwhile, the leader of the New Democracy Party, Konstantinos Karamanlis spoke out against the government from Grevena where he was conducting a two-day visit. During his speech at the Grevena City Hall, Mr. Karamanlis called for immediate elections and spoke in detail about his party’s positions for the agricultural and education sectors as well as confronting the daily problems of citizens.