120,000 illegal workers offered 'dobbing' deal

9th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

9 August 2005, MADRID – Illegal immigrant workers are being offered the chance for a Spanish work permit - if they report their employer for breaking the rules.

9 August 2005

MADRID – Illegal immigrant workers are being offered the chance for a Spanish work permit - if they report their employer for breaking the rules.

The government announced this week that anyone who has been in Spain for more than two years, and has worked for one of them, could legalise their situation.

The worker must report the company that has been employing them illegally to the labour inspection service, which will record a breach of law by the business.

Later, the service will send a notification to the local authority who will decide whether to grant a work permit to the immigrant or not.

If the worker receives a permit, he or she will be retrospectively registered with the social security, obliging the employer to recognise the work relationship.

Authorities estimate that up to 120,000 immigrants could be eligible for work papers this way.

The move is an attempt to reach some of the immigrants who were not eligible for the government's three-month amnesty to regulate black market workers which ended in May. A total of 360,000 illegal workers were brought into the system as part of that initiative.

Local associations, political parties and the Church had sought to have that scheme extended without success.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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