De­cline in unin­sured la­bor recorded in De­cem­ber

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Unin­sured la­bor in Greece dropped to be­low 20 per­cent in De­cem­ber, ac­cord­ing to data gath­ered by in­spec­tors from the So­cial Se­cu­rity Foun­da­tion and the La­bor In­spec­tion Corps, as checks in sec­tors tra­di­tion­ally prone to vi­o­la­tions found 18.95 per­cent of em­ploy­ees mon­i­tored had not had their em­ploy­ment de­clared to the au­thor­i­ties.

This com­pares with a vi­o­la­tion rate of 40.7 per­cent in Fe­bru­ary 2013 among the same types of em­ploy­ment, th­ese be­ing jobs at hair­dressers, restau­rants, gas sta­tions and car re­pair shops, among oth­ers. It ap­pears that the strict penal­ties and high fines, as well as in­creased in­spec­tions have brought about the re­duc­tion in un­de­clared la­bor.

In the whole of 2013, 21,737 in­spec­tions were car­ried out at en­ter­prises ac­tive in sec­tors with high vi­o­la­tion rates, and out of the 72,960 em­ploy­ees checked, 23,153 were found to be unin­sured. Checks showed that 8.84 per­cent of all en­ter­prises in­spected (in­clud­ing those in less sus­pi­cious sec­tors) vi­o­lated the em­ploy­ment dec­la­ra­tion rules, al­though the rate came to 13.05 per­cent in At­tica. In­spec­tors tend to mon­i­tor en­ter­prises about which com­plaints have been sub­mit­ted, so the ac­tual rate for all com­pa­nies break­ing the rules is es­ti­mated to be lower.

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