Un­de­clared la­bor posted a rise in April

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ROULA SALOUROU

Un­de­clared la­bor in Greece posted an in­crease in April, ac­cord­ing to sam­ple checks by the La­bor In­spec­tion Squad on sec­tors with a high rate of vi­o­la­tions.

The data from the La­bor Min­istry’s Artemis sta­tis­tics pro­ject showed that illegal la­bor rose to 23.05 per­cent in April, against 21.21 per­cent in March 2015 and 21.65 per­cent in April 2014.

In­spec­tors vis­ited a to­tal of 2,720 en­ter­prises, of which 524, or 19.26 per­cent, em­ployed un­de­clared work­ers. From a to­tal of 11,398 em­ploy­ees checked, the in­spec­tors iden­ti­fied 1,106 un­de­clared work­ers (9.7 per­cent), while the fines im­posed on the com­pa­nies that broke the law added up to 11.74 mil­lion eu­ros in April.

In to­tal, since Septem­ber 2013, when fines were in­creased to 10,550 per un­de­clared worker, just 10,602 illegal em­ploy­ees have been iden­ti­fied, or 4.94 per­cent of the 214,807 work­ers mon­i­tored. The to­tal amount of fines im­posed came to just un­der 111 mil­lion eu­ros in those 20 months.

In­ter­est­ingly, the high­est rate of un­de­clared la­bor among work­ers in April was iden­ti­fied in At­tica, amount­ing to 17.82 per­cent.

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