Thousands lost wages in 2011

Some 400,000 employees were not paid at least three months? worth of wages last year, according to a former official of the state Labor Inspectorate.

In an interview broadcast on Skai TV on Saturday, Michalis Halaris, the former special secretary of the inspectorate, which operates under the auspices of the Labor, Social Insurance and Welfare Ministry, said that 67 percent of all complaints received by his department in 2011 related to the nonpayment of salaries to workers.

Last year, around 120,000 companies withheld salaries corresponding to three months of work or more from 400,000 employees, Halaris said.

In view of a deepening recession which has entered its fifth year, and with a new raft of tough austerity measures looming, the situation will almost certainly worsen this year as thousands more businesses struggle to stay afloat, Halaris told Skai.

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