ECONOMY

Only one in two Greek firms paying employees on time

Only one in two Greek companies are paying their employees on time, leaving more than 1 million employees unpaid for at least one month, according to research carried out by the General Confederation of Greek Workers’ (GSEE) Labor Institute.

“The phenomenon of unpaid workers started to gather pace in the fall of 2012,” the legal adviser to the Labor Ministry, G. Melissaris told Sunday’s Kathimerini. “At the start it was one month, then two, three, even up to a year.”

There have also been reports of companies agreeing contracts with employees in which they agree to pay them every three months rather then monthly.

“Unpaid workers are trapped because they have not been fired and cannot receive unemployment benefit but they are not salaried either because they work without pay or for a small amount of what they are owed,” added Melissaris.