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Working Without Getting Paid: 400K Greek Employees Did Not Received Salaries On Time

Working without getting paid on time? Yes, that’s very possible, if you are in debt-ridden Greece. Thousands of businesses do not pay their employees on time, hundreds of thousands of households have to seek ways to come along without income. During last year,  120,000 business places did not pay their 400,000 employees on time and but more than three months later, than they should. This was stated by special secretary of Labour Inspectors’ Union Michalis Chalaris.

I suppose, those employees got paid after they complained to Labour Inspectors…

Speaking to private Skai TV, Chalaris underlined that 67% of the complaints to labour inspectors refer to the non-payment of salaries and thus for more than three months. He predicted that according to his estimations, the situation will get worse in 2012. 

PS Some of my friends still get peanuts-tranches instead of their full monthly salary, some since almost a year. Some have simply stopped going to work, as they received zero-euro for more than six months. With unemployment at least at 23.1 and zero chance to get a job, they stay home sitting on a mountain of unpaid bills. Depression is eating up their souls and their lives…

 

 

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15 comments

  1. This is the direct result of the austerity measures imposed on Greece by the Troika, who yesterday (through the IMF) urged the Greek government to spare the most vulnerable in Greek society from the effects of the next round of measures. These guys must be the sickest bunch of bastards on the planet, and getting more so by the day.
    I am sure there are employers abusing the situation to pocket a lot of money, but the main cause of this is, I am also sure, the simple fact that the Greek people simply haven’t got the money to spend in this economy, (or what’s left of it), and after the next round of Troika organized theft it is indeed not going to get better.
    And as long as we keep on allowing this happen, the only policy will remain”Banks über Alles”, irrespective of who else can’t scrape enough together to keep their heads above water.

  2. what should we do? I see only two options: either they go or we.

  3. There is only one answer to that question. They go. I know in Irish mythology we have the story of the Tuatha De Danann who disappeared under ground, but I don’t think that’s a solution these days.
    This is going to happen in Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Italy and everywhere else it can be inflicted on the population.
    It is high time that people realize that this is World War 3. It is not being fought with tanks and guns, it’s being fought with money. But the results are less messy in terms of blood, gore and destruction of property, but it is as devastating.
    I may repeat myself here, but this is not a disaster, yet. This is an opportunity to make a quantum leap forward in terms of social consciousness. I’m very sure your and my friends getting pittance instead of a wage will think to themselves “Yeah, right”, but if they sit back a think a little, the choice is pretty simple.
    We either let this happen and go down the swannie, all of us, or we fight this together. Either way, we have nothing to lose, but by standing up for ourselves we have everything to gain.

  4. Ephilant

    Are you willing to lend someone your own money knowing that he/she has a bad credit history, accumulated a large debt and spends significantly more money than he/she earns? It’s not a rhetorical question.

  5. If you still have doubts about this, here is your answer

    http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/eu-parlamentspraesident-fordert-sonderwirtschaftszone-fuer-griechenland-a-853380.html

    According to this clown, Greece must be divided up into economic zones (Sonderwirtschaftszonen), run by EU bureaucrats. He says this is the only way Greece will get out of the trouble it’s in. In other words, simply remove Greek government , both national and regional, take over the count ry with an army of EU appointed bureaucrats who have free reigh to mould to country into the shape the EU wants it in, without any say or input by the Greeks themselves.
    Of course this is all “for the good of Greece, and should not be seen as occupation”. I just wonder how it else it could be seen?
    According to Schultz the idea has the backing from more and more people in the Greek government.
    Why do the words “sell-out” and “treason” spring to mind?

  6. I’d dare reply: they do it all the time, Nicholas, the banks -or better say: they used to do it.

  7. sell out? treason? I thought it’s the “efforts of the government” to save the country (and ruin people).
    PS I don’t have doubts although there is still the option: we go and let them die the slow death, ie get confronted with empty state reigsters.

  8. That is indeed an option, but also a retrograde step. The original ideas behind the EU, and economic community on the basis of equality and mutual respect and assistance is not a bad thing. Unfortunately respect has gone out the window, assistance is a one way street (Banks uber alles, and I would amend that to Deutsche Banks uber alles), and as for equality, well, some are obviously more equal than others.

    But, the idea is there, and can be re-ignited. This cannot not be done from the outside, unless you consider the other alternative, an economic cooperation between the Southern periphery countries, possibly including Serbia, Croatia,and dare I say it Albania, the disputed unmentionable name,Bulgaria and possibly even Turkey?

    Assuming that scenario is still a little too far fetched for people, then the only other option is to fight the EU from within. Leaving it now, and the EZ, puts Greece out there on it’s own, will set things back 30 years or so, and do nothing to solve the internal problems.
    Having said that, turning the clock back 30 years is very much so the preferred option over condemning generations to come to paying over billions to stop foreign gamblers banks from going bust. If it is deemed impossible to fight the fight from within, then Greece should indeed look after itself, and let go. But also tell the foreign vultures where to go.
    It does of course leave the Greek people at the mercy of the Greek politicians, and we all know how that works…

  9. If I was money minded, and could make up the rules as I go along to ensure that my arse is covered and get others to pay for it, with hefty interest at that, then why wouldn’t I?
    It’s exactly what is happening now, and you don’t seem to have too much of a problem with it? In fact, you applaud it on a regular basis.
    Personally, I like to put people first, but that usually costs instead of making money…

  10. @ KTG & Ephilant

    Two of the primary reasons for the 2008 global economic crisis were sub-prime lending and easy credit in the US and in some European countries. Particularly low income Americans were enticed to sign contracts they didn’t understand. Home and car loans were approved based on stated incomes, then hundreds of these loans were securitized, rated AAA, insured and sold to investors. Home prices soared for a while and an economic bubble was created. But, when borrowers failed to make the payments, home prices plummeted and houses foreclosed. Some pension funds and individual investors worldwide had their life savings wiped out. Some investment banks and insurance companies teetered on the edge of bankruptcy. American and European taxpayers were forced to bail them out because they were too big to fail and had influential and powerful lobbyists promoting the Armageddon of systemic risk. But, some greedy inside traders, loan officers, predatory lenders, bankers, CEOs and CFOs of major credit card companies and hedge fund managers benefited from the economic bubble and became filthy rich.

    True investment has little to do with derivatives, CDOs (Collateralized Debt Obligations), CDSs (Credit Default Swaps), high frequency trading and maximizing short term profits. It has to do with the Greek banks lending to qualified individuals and viable businesses at sensible interest rates, thus improving market liquidity, fueling healthy economic growth and leading to the creation of new jobs and/or maintaining existing ones. It has to do with the Greek government investing in infrastructure, innovation, R&D, education and green energy, while simultaneously facilitating foreign investment. Hence, it’s important for Greece to improve its credit rating, make its public debt viable and live within its means. As far as what’s the best strategy to accomplish the stated goals, it’s debatable…

  11. I pass

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  13. If you weren’t a KTG-ian, this comment would have landed in the spam section lol

  14. Ah well, it’s nice to have some perks 🙂

  15. I’m trying to be generous, despite the crisis.