Yannis Panagopoulos is President of the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE) since 2006. Since 1998 he has served in key functions in the Confederation including that of Press and Organisation.
Mr Panagopoulos started his work life in 1974 at the National Bank of Greece. His lifelong trade union involvement of over 30 years, started with the National Bank Employees’ Trade Union (SYETE) and the Greek Federation of Bank Employee Unions (OTOE). He is currently a member of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Steering and Executive committee.
He sits on the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Greece as Worker Representative and he has represented GSEE at the European Economic and Social Committee and the Economic & Social Council of Greece (OKE).`
His life and work in the trade union movement has been driven by the conviction that in a democratic society of justice, equality and solidarity the right to work is fundamental while high unemployment and discrimination are unacceptable.
Since 2010 when the crisis in Greece started, he has been at the forefront of the workers struggle against the austerity regime imposed on Greece and the attack on workers income and rights that are severely affected as a result of the IMF_EU_ECB memoranda.