Labour ministry planning action to support employees in ‘insecure’ jobs, ministry gen. sec. tells ANA

The government is preparing a programme using European Community funds to support workers “trapped” in insecure employment, labour ministry general secretary Andreas Nefeloudis told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) in an interview on Sunday.

Nefeloudis described this as an “extreme phenomenon” involving thousands of employees in businesses that had essentially ceased their activity without terminating their contracts, so that they had no rights to unemployment benefits, healthcare and remained unpaid for dozens of months.

He also outlined ministry efforts to stamp out undeclared employment, noting that repeated inspections by the Hellenic Labour Inspectorate had managed to restrict this to some extent. According to Nefeloudis, meanwhile, the businesses that were caught violating labour regulations would be barred from the EU’s National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) programmes run by the labour ministry.