One in two foreign employees in Greece work without insurance and social security. That was the result of control checks conducted by the Greek Labor Ministry in the first six months of 2012. According to ministry data, 47.4% of the foreign laborers work without insurance and social security.
Labor ministry, labor inspectors and insurance funds units conducted 10,047 checks at work place in so-called “industrial zones” in Attica, Central Macedonia and Ipirus form January 1st to June 30th 2012.
The total number of employees who were checked was 29,560. Foreigners were 9.491 people, of whom 47.4% were hired to work without insurance and social security.
The number of Greeks working without social security was almost slightly more than one-third of their total number.
Labor Minister Giannis Vroutsis made this data public to the parliament after a question submitted by MP Adonis Georgiadis (ND) demanding the exact number of “illegal immigrants working at industrial zones without insurance.”
In the same six months, the inspector units imposed 4,538 penalties of 5,647,500 euro in total.
No data are available as to whether the penalties were paid as well.
Tourism Industry: 3 in 10
Equally grim are the data concerning workers in the tourism industry. According to data of labor inspectors, 30.4% of laborers in the tourism industry works without social security. That is 3 out of 10 people.
During control checks conducted in 2,715 restaurants, entertainment, accommodation and service businesses with 11,754 employees, only 8,175 were working with social security.
Greek media, do not report whether there were foreigners among the 3,579 employees working without insurance. Neither it’s being said, in which regions the control checks were conducted.
Penalties of 2,042,000 euro in total were imposed.
According to local newspaper Rodiaki from Rhodes island, D0decanse, 35.87% of laborers at tourism and catering businesses work “black”. The rate is especially high in the catering sector, with 58.2% of the laborers to work without social security.
The new ‘cheap labor forces’ would come as students-interns from abroad.
PS: Working without insurance? Soon we will be working without payment too…