A sliver of good news, from an email via the Greek journalists' union:
"Finally great news from the strikes at public service broadcaster ERT
Yesterday, striking ERT journalists received the response by management to their demands through ERT Executive Director Nikos Simos and general director of news Emilios Liatsos, namely that:
•The two “Morning News” presenters Kostas Arvanitis and Marilena Katsimis were reinstated to their daily programme.
•The administration will seek a solution to the problem of journalists hired on short-term renewable contracts by promoting a law that will extend duration of these contracts.
•With regard to the reductions in salaries in line with the budget recently approved by Parliament,management said there will be no new salary cuts or layoffs.
•ERT administration will start negotiations with the journalists' union, JUADN, the collective work agreement, pending since 2008.
•The administration also pledged that in 2013 there will be no programme production of ERA (public radio) in joint ventures with private companies. However, there was no firm assurance of ‘freezing’ all joint ventures with private companies for the production of NET (public TV) programmes.
Consequently, striking workers at ERT called off their strike but journalists, along with their unions JUADN and PFJU, will be closely following that all ERT administration assurances are carried out in full.
Yesterday Greek journalists joined the day of action against austerity in a 3-hour long all media stoppage starting 12:00 until 15:00 along with workers all over Europe.
Fantastic victory and almost too good to be true!"
The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the “Threats To Safety and Security”
section of the Greece Country Specific Information page has been updated to inform
U.S. citizens of a rise in unprovoked harassment and violent attacks against persons
who, because of their complexion, are perceived to be foreign migrants. U.S. citizens
most at risk are those of African, Asian, Hispanic, or Middle Eastern descent in
Athens and other major cities.
Presumably because it's the same as in Germany (and the rest of continental Europe as far as I know). The minimum wage (if there is one) is set as an hourly rate, but you get paid at the end of the month.
If you're describing how you survive on it, it makes more sense to talk about what you earn in a month, as that's when most of your bills come in and it's easier to compare.