If the first labour laws date back to the early 20th century, it was only after the end of the World War II that their development grew. Then, the new Constitution, adopted after the fall of the dictatorship, in 1975, included, for the first time, provisions devoted to work, such as the recognition of the right to work, the freedom of association, the right to strike and to collective bargaining. Greece has also ratified the majority of ILO Conventions, the ECHR and the European Social Charter.
Finally, the influence of the legislation of the European Union is considerable and gave new impetus to improving the national system of protection of workers. Indeed, Greek labour law provides answers to almost all current questions relevant to work. Provisions regulating labour relations have, however, not yet been codified into a Labour Code.