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Denmark – Recruiter ordered to pay thousands to temporary workers

27 May 2013

Over 30 agricultural workers in Denmark are set to receive thousands in back pay from a local staffing agency which has failed to pay the temporary workers the right amount of pension and holiday pay.

Local media reports that 35 workers, who had worked as tomato pickers for a well-known company, will receive a total of around €36,000 (DKK 273k). The workers had been working at one of the country’s largest producers of tomatoes, Alfred Pedersen & Son, through the staffing firm Euro Temps.

The scandal was publicised by the largest trade union in the country, 3F. “It is positive that agency workers will now receive the payment they have claimed for a long time. But it is totally shameful that we had to put high pressure on the company before the temporary workers got their money,” said Anna Lise Vindeløv from the union.

The union has uncovered a number of cases where staffing firms failed to pay the correct sums of money to temporary workers. Alfred Pedersen & Son has been implicated in some of these cases. Danish staffing company Team Management, which had cheated workers out of their pay, went bankrupt last year after it was ordered to pay nearly €230,000 (DKK 1.7 million) for wage dumping. The recruiter had supplied foreign agency workers to Alfred Pedersen & Son.

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