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Hatzidakis: Public violations and fines from the Labor Inspectorate


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Controls, violations and fines will now be published every month, for every month of the year, but also cumulatively since the beginning of the year.

From next week, the publication of the numbers of inspections on the website of the Labor Inspectorate will begin. Controls, violations and fines will now be published every month, for every month of the year, but also cumulatively since the beginning of the year.

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This was announced by the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Kostis Hatzidakis, announcing today the opening of the 3rd Panhellenic Conference of ELINYAE on the theme “Looking at the human being”, stressing that the Institute is a typical example of how employees and employers can work together harmoniously for the ensuring a healthy and safe working environment.

Mr. Hatzidakis emphasized that the Labor Inspectorate, which was established as an Independent Authority by the Law on Labor Protection, carried out a series of inspections throughout the territory in the tourism and catering sectors during the summer. This was followed by the September inspection of delivery and courier companies, road transport and, on the occasion of the start of the new school year, private schools that use drivers and attendants. The immediate next steps include checks for violations in the application of the Digital Labor Card as well as a campaign on social media on the issues of Health and Safety at Work from the end of November.

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The minister recalled that with the same law – in addition to the Digital Work Card, which prevents in practice the phenomena of declared-undeclared work and unpaid overtime – Convention 187 on Health and Safety at Work and Convention 190 on the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work while a series of reforms have been introduced that improve working conditions in practice, such as:

  • Regulation whereby digital platforms have the same welfare, health and safety obligations towards the self-employed as they do for contracts of employment.
  • The granting of the break after 4 hours of work, instead of 6.
  • The right to disconnect in telecommuting.
  • Important arrangements for the balance of personal and professional life (parental leave, paternity leave, protection of the new father from dismissal, etc.), which can lead to a reduction of stress, a reduction of the risk of burnout, contribute to a better mental health and increase worker productivity.

“In the same direction, our actions that will support working parents will also contribute, such as the Neighborhood Babysitters program which is starting soon and the program for child care units in 120 large Greek businesses that follows”, said Mr. Hatzidakis.

He also announced the adoption, after extensive consultation with the social partners, of the new National Strategy for Health and Safety at Work. Also, the operation of the new Integrated Information System “IRIDANOS” for Health and Safety at Work with funding from the Recovery Fund noting that the tender process for the IRIDANOS program is already being promoted.

“Of course, we won’t stop at them. We are not complacent. Accidents and accidents at work unfortunately still happen. And recently we have unfortunately witnessed several new such accidents and mishaps. That’s why initiatives like today’s are particularly important”, concluded the minister.

In the context of the conference, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and ELINYAE, which provides for the execution of studies, field research, training programs in companies, the provision of consulting services to employers as well as other actions and programs to promote health and safety at work .

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