Clarifications regarding the remuneration of the private sector employees who will work on March 25th provided by the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) and the Confederation’s Workers & Unemployed Information Center (KEPEA/GSEE).

As stated in a related announcement, March 25, which this year (2024) falls on a Monday, has been designated by law as a mandatory holiday.

On mandatory holidays, the employment of employees and the operation of businesses are prohibited, except for those that legally operate on Sundays and during mandatory holidays.

Regarding the pay for Monday, March 25, 2024, the following applies:

  • For non-operating businesses: The normal daily wage is paid, without any increase, to those who are paid a daily wage, while those who are paid a salary are paid their monthly salary.
  • For businesses that operate legally:

The employees who will be employed are entitled to:

  1. if they are paid a daily wage, their usual daily wage and a 75% surcharge, which will be calculated in their legal hourly wage for all the hours they work,
  2. in the event that employees are paid a monthly salary:

a) if it concerns businesses that are late on Sundays and public holidays and will be operating on March 25th, 1/25 of their usually paid salary is due and an additional 75% surcharge on the legal daily wage for all hours worked,

b) if it concerns businesses that legally operate on Sundays and other statutory holidays, only a 75% surcharge is due, which is calculated at 1/25 of their legal daily wage for as many hours as they are employed.

In addition, employees should be aware of the following:

  • It is not legal to set off a day of due rest (day off) with a mandatory holiday.
  • Employees who are on leave are also entitled to the daily salary of March 25, but this day is not counted among the working days of their leave.
  • In the event that more favorable terms apply (e.g. from a Collective Labor Agreement, work regulation, business custom or custom) regarding pay increases for work on a public holiday or Sunday, these prevail