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Netherlands – A new step against rogue agencies in the transport sector

23 August 2012

Trade organisations and collective agreement enforcement bodies are pledging to share their notes in order to identify and prevent the use of rogue staffing agencies. Earlier this week, an agreement to exchange data was signed between the Foundation for Compliance with the Collective Agreement for Temporary Agency Workers (Stichting Naleving CAO voor Uitzendkrachten, SNCU) and the Environment and Transport Inspectorate (Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport, ILT).

In the transport sector, the use of temporary workers is ruled by the following provisions. Firstly, only agencies that have been designated by the Minister of Infrastructure and Environment can provide temporary workers to transport companies. Secondly, the collective agreement for carriage of goods by road and rental of mobile cranes stipulates that only NEN-certified staffing firms may provide staff to the businesses of the trade. The SNCU and the ILT will exchange data in order to flag any in violation of the regulations above.

Last year, the SNCU signed similar agreements with the trade unions CNV Vakmensen (representing professionals), the Labour Standard Foundation (Stichting Normering Arbeid, SNA), a construction industry trade union (Technisch Bureau Bouwnijverheid, TBB), the Foundation for the Construction Industry Pension Fund and Pension Fund for Personnel Services (StiPP).

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