The growing role of the State in employment-related matters is reflected in the progressive increase in administrative departments and autonomous bodies whose task is to plan and implement social policy in this sphere, together with the supervision and control of its enforcement and with mediation directed at the resolution of conflicts. One such department is the Labour Inspectorate, whose role is of primary importance to the proper functioning of the employment relationship. Its role covers:
(a) inspection and control at workplaces to ensure the proper implementation of legislation, with powers to institute legal proceedings;
(b) participation in the settlement procedure for collective industrial disputes;
(c) various administrative functions such as granting authorization for night work by women, the authorization of overtime, the maintenance of a six-monthly check on the list of employees, etc.
The manner in which the Labour Inspectorate functions in Greece and the resources at its disposal demonstrate clearly that there is a need to increase the numbers of its staff and, in particular, improve their training and expertise.