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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-09-14

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  • [01] Crackdown on 'black' labour from Sunday

  • [01] Crackdown on 'black' labour from Sunday

    ANA-MPA -- Sweeping inspections by more than 1,000 labour ministry inspectors and financial police will begin on Sunday throughout the country, in a bid to crack down on uninsured 'black' labour and contribution evasion. Fines for violations found, which can reach up to 10,550 euros per head, will be imposed on site without giving employers the opportunity to go through a hearing first.

    In an exclusive statement to the ANA-MPA, Labour Minister Yiannis Vroutsis reported that the results of the 'Ergani' system showing the flow of hiring and firing in real time had started to yield the first results, showing a tendency for employers to comply with the law rather than risk the hefty fines.

    "According to the figures from Ergani, which is like a cardiogram of the labour market, there was a jump in labour hiring on Friday that reached 9,486, the highest number of hirings in the month of September on record," the labour minister said.

    He interpreted this as "signalling the rapid compliance of employers" and said that the "countdown has begun since we are one day before the start of sweeping inspections to locate uninsured workers."

    Vroutsis also issued a "final warning" to employers, saying that mixed teams of labour ministry inspectors, IKA inspectors and financial police will take to the streets on Sunday throughout the country and impose a fine of 10,550 euros for each uninsured employee that they find.

    "This is the highest fine ever imposed by a labour minister," he added.

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