Uninsured Labor on the Rise in Greek Islands

uninsured laborSocial security fund IKA and Labor Ministry inspectors have recorded many “exceptional” incidents in checks they conducted in 25 tourist areas during the past few weeks.

During checks, inspectors noted incidents where uninsured employees and workers tried to escape by jumping from windows or even swimming away.

Uninsured labor is very common in Greece and the government, although increasing the checks, has not found a way to battle it yet.

According to data released by the Labor Ministry’s electronic information system “Ergani,” it seems that employers are playing “hide and seek” with the authorities to avoid fines.

Before the Ministry increased checks for uninsured employment, the number of hirings was very low, while nowadays the number of hirings is on the rise, apparently due to the increase in checks in tourist areas.

In Rethymno, Crete, for example, from July 23 to 25, 19 layoffs were recorded, while in the next three days the number of hirings reached 198. In Chania, Crete, on the same period, there were 21 firings and 256 hirings, while on the island of Santorini, the number of hirings reached 541, when the previous days did not exceed 77. In Zakynthos, during a period of three days, the number of hirings rose from 47 to 190.