She is uncontrollable accuracy at Super Market with consumers choosing the offers to meet their obligations.
Several of the products with reduced price by at least 5% they became rapturous with them consumers to mention on Alpha’s camera that “if they’re doing a real discount and a big one, we’ll go for it.” The shelves of products with permanent price reduction are constantly empty, which shows that consumers prefer them.
So far, prices have been reduced on 629 products from 50 companies. “Everyone is looking at the 5%”, say consumers who hope that there will be reductions in other products as well, as – as they emphasize – the difference in their pocket is not big compared to what has been in force until now.
According to the data, a consumer for a whole milk, a piece of toast, a gouda cheese, some slices of turkey, flour, yogurt, baby food, rice, honey, butter, oatmeal cookies will pay 38.29 euros today, while before the reductions were 40.44 euros. In other words, he saves 2.15 euros for the week’s shopping, while the benefit over a period of six months is 53.75 euros and annually will exceed 110 euros.
Fruit and vegetable prices are on fire
The prices of fruits and vegetables are galloping with consumers rubbing their… eyes from the accuracy.
According to the data, apples from 0.70 euros are sold for 1.20 euros, pears from 1 euro reached 1.40 euros, two cucumbers from 0.50 euros are sold for 0.70 euros. Carrots have also received a similar increase, bananas last year with more expensive gasoline did not reach the euro and today you cannot find them below 1.15 euros. Oranges are “dripping gold” from 0.70 euros, 1.70 euros this year.
The president of the Panattic Federation of People’s Market Sellers said: “The orange, you have rightly pointed out that it has become more expensive. We have reduced production, with all this, climate change. You’re telling me the fuel price tag is lower. We don’t see a decrease in gas stations.”
Nine out of 10 consumers have reduced their consumption of essential goods
According to the recent GSEE survey, nine out of 10 consumers have reduced their consumption of basic goods. Specifically, according to the research findings:
90% of workers say they have reduced their consumption of essential goods because of punctuality. 18% answered “a lot”, “somewhat” 51% and “a little” 21%. Accordingly, 16% say “not at all”. The escalation of consumption reduction is differentiated in the categories of basic goods “refrigeration-heating”, “fish”, “meat”, “dairy”, “fruit-vegetables”.
The low level of workers’ disposable incomes is highlighted by the fact that 30% state that they have no savings and, at the same time, 37% are forced to use their savings to cover their current needs to purchase basic goods.
As for the most effective means to protect living standards, 43% say it is an increase in wages, 33% a reduction in VAT and consumption taxes, 24% price controls. The option “allowances” was not selected by any respondent (0%).
64% of workers indicate that they did not receive any increase in their salary in the year 2023 and 34% indicate that they received some increase. It is estimated that the vast majority of those who said they received a raise are those who are paid the minimum wage, which increased in the year 2023.
52% believe that they will not receive an increase in their salary, after the decision to “unfreeze” the three years and 26% believe that they will. The fact that 22% choose the answer “don’t know” demonstrates the confusion that prevails among employees regarding this particular issue.
72% state that they do not work more than their normal hours, while 24% state that they work more.
48% of those who report that they work more than their normal hours say that they are not paid for their overtime.
Finally, the vast majority of employees, with a percentage of 81%, consider that labor rights are better protected by concluding Collective Labor Agreements compared to 9% who choose individual negotiation”.
“The Greek economy and society, after many years of austerity, is facing a “wave” of precision in basic goods and services and income stagnation, which threatens the purchasing power and living standards of many working households.
It is necessary to immediately implement a mixture of interventions to increase wages and strengthen labor rights, so as to protect the living standards of wage earners and, above all, the lowest paid, to the maximum extent possible. The strengthening of the sectoral collective labor agreements and the National General Collective Labor Agreement, through the right of the GSEE and the employers’ organizations to determine the minimum wage, is imperative”, underlines the GSEE.