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Working Conditions in Greece


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Working Hours & Rates

The regular employment workweek consists of 40 hours per week (8 hours per day from Monday to Friday). Each work hour over and above the 40 weekly hours will be considered overtime and it is subject to a 60% additional increment. Any night work from 10.00 p.m. through 06.00 a.m. in the morning is subject to a 75% increment of the daily wage. Also if the Technician works on Sunday or any other lawful or customary holiday, s/he is entitled to a wage increase of 75%. Holidays for which the above increment applies are the 25th of March, the second day of Easter, the 1st of May, the 15th of August, the 28th of October and Christmas day.

To summarize:

It should be noted that overall deals can be made with the crew to include a flat rate of a certain number of hours per week; e.g. flat 5 or 6 day work week for 8 or 10 hours per day.

Working hours are continuous with a one hour mandatory break for lunch and rest during filming. Exceptionally a 2-hour break is possible in the event of special circumstances.

The work schedule commences from the moment of arrival at the starting location and ends upon return to the same location. The new workday cannot commence earlier than 10 hours after the end of the previous day.

See attached for basic rates for 2009. A new collective Agreement will be entered into for 2010. The attached document shows approximate rates for the following cases:

In addition, rates are increased by 25% for foreign productions.

Finally, it should be noted that the attached rates are minimum; actual rates are often higher depending on the expertise of the individual crew member.

Social Benefits

The Producer is compelled to insure the Technician under the specialty which is written on the authorization of exercise of profession which is granted to the Technician by the Ministry of Culture, at the IKA (Social Insurance). The members of the crew must possess a Film and Television Technician Professional Practice License as explicitly stipulated by Law. Social Charges are imposed on both the Producer (28%) and on the Technician (20%) and these must be added in the case of the Producer and withheld in the case of the Technician.


Traveling Expenses: The employer is under the obligation to cover traveling expenses to the employment site: (a) when the work provided away from the usual place of employment and (b) if the usual place of employment is at a distance of more than 30 kilometers from Syntagma Square (centre of Athens).

Per Diem & Meals: The Producer is under the obligation to provide the Technician with one meal a day in addition to the agreed compensation. In the event of employment requiring an overnight stay, the Producer is under the obligation to insure decent lodging, breakfast and two meals per day. In addition, the producer is under the obligation to pay additional daily compensation amounting to thirty (€ 35.00) Euros per day which is included to the Private Work Agreement. Finally there is a monthly benefit of Euro 30 for married personnel.

Actors’ Rates

The agreement in place is outdated and not practical. The matter is decided at the time of casting. A new agreement is being sought by the Actors Union.


There is no Extras union so the matter is resolved at the time.

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