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The General Inspectorate of Labour (IGT) plans to carry out close to 8,000 inspections by the end of this year, focusing on civil construction, mining and manufacturing, sectors which generate the most complaints about violations of hygiene and safety at work standards.
The head of the IGT, Joaquim Siúta, says that non-compliance with labour legislation is also longstanding in private security companies, who often face penalties for not paying wages.
Siúta says that, in order to put an end to Labour Law abuses, there is regular scrutiny of employers.
For example, in the first quarter of this year alone, more than 2,000 establishments were inspected country-wide, with 3,500 offences detected, and 726 penalties and 2,697 warnings issued.
According to the same source, last year 10,187 companies were inspected, resulting in the identification of 12,907 infringements and the application of 2,554 sanctions. The remaining 10,354 infractions culminated in warnings coupled with an educational component, the Notícias report reads.
Siúta explains that the IGT is encouraging companies to adopt plans for the primary prevention of occupational accidents and diseases.
“This plan makes it possible to identify potential accident risks in certain activities and enables workers to be better prepared to respond to possible accidents,” he says.
Siúta points out that companies often do not report accidents at work to the IGT, as they are legally obliged to do.
Regarding mandatory social security payments, the IGT and the National Social Security Institute (INSS) have been collecting money from companies which have failed to channel contributions.
Last year alone, more than 500 million meticais (US$8,026,750) in social security arrears was collected.Source: Notícias