Many Romanian employers still prefer to resort to illegal labour, even though this might land them in jail, Realitatea.net reports. A search conducted by gendarmes and Financial Guard inspectors at the premises of a company found 16 people manufacturing footwear without work contracts. In a different incident, inspectors found in Prahova a case in which the illegal workers continued to receive unemployment benefits, because they had no work papers. Both cases were found during May and June this year. A large-scale operation that comprised 25,500 verifications resulted in more than 800 criminal files for the infringement of labour legislation and fines worth almost RON 50 M. For the time being, only 19 cases have been submitted to prosecutors.
The main reason for illegal labour is that half of the money allotted to salaries goes to the state.