Inspectors start sweep of country for uninsured workers

Over 1,000 Labor Ministry and Financial Police inspectors were to hit the streets of Greece on Sunday in a bid to crack down on uninsured labor amid concerns about reserves at the country’s social security funds.

Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis warned employers with uninsured workers that they face very stiff fines as high as 10,550 euros, which will be imposed on the spot.

“I am issuing a final warning,” Vroutsis told the state-run Athens Macedonia News Agency on Saturday. “From tomorrow, Sunday, 1,000 inspectors… will fan across the country, imposing fines of up to 10,550 euros for every uninsured worker.”

Data from the Labor Ministry also suggests that the number of people registered for social security coverage as new employees shot up in the runup to the sweep.

By September 13, 9,486 new workers were registered with the ministry, representing the highest-ever record of new employment for the month.

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