An agreement between the Greek Hotel Chamber and the Labour Ministry to assist adolescents in state foster care who are over 16 years old to find internships in Hotels has met with huge criticism by hotel labour unions and left-wing opposition parties who accuse the government of Dickensian-era policies promoting child labour rather than compulsory education until 18 years of age. The Ministry of Labour has dismissed such criticism as 'fake news' while stressing the need to de-institutionalize the children and ease their entry into the job market. Children over 15 years old are legally allowed to work in Greece as long as the position does not involve dangerous, heavy or unhealthy work. Children under 15 years old may also work in the cultural sector although there are strict hour limits.

 

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