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Wind with a Twist

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  • Martin Votruba
    Slovak government inspectors and police started Vietor (Operation Wind) about two weeks ago. It was designed to flush out undocumented employees. Although
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 12, 2005
      Slovak government inspectors and police started Vietor (Operation
      Wind) about two weeks ago. It was designed to flush out undocumented
      employees. Although they've managed to inspect just a small number
      of companies so far, the first results are in. Since the beginning
      of April employers have suddenly reported 18,450 available jobs to
      the unemployment offices. In relative terms, that is comparable to
      one million jobs appearing in less than two weeks in the U.S.

      The employers have probably chosen to do that rather than be
      discovered and fined. The Minister of Labor expects the number of
      "new" jobs smoked out by Wind to reach 30,000 (comparable to 1.6 mil.
      jobs in the US).

      There's a different twist to the story from what it might be in the
      U.S., though. Most of those who worked illegally and have now been
      presumably fired are not illegal aliens. Apparently, Slovakia does
      not have many of them (they come mainly from Ukraine).

      The reports say that employers have been taking advantage of
      Slovakia's high unemployment and the Slovaks' consequent willingness
      to work without pension plans, etc. The authorities hope that the
      freshly 'fired' employees will be formally rehired under legal
      contracts now.


      Martin

      votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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