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Netherlands – Firms hiring illegal agency workers fined €2m

22 February 2013

A Romanian staffing agency and a refinery in Rotterdam have to pay nearly €2 million in penalty charges in an illegal labour case. The news was announced by the Ministry of Social Affairs on Thursday.

The names of the companies were not published.

Inspectors found that 242 Romanians worked at a site near Rotterdam without having work permits. The Ministry said that both the refinery and the Romania-based staffing firm failed to produce the work permits of the foreign workers when prompted by investigators. 

Both companies were fined a total of €1.936 million. The refinery appealed against the charge. The Romanian staffing agency has asked the court to delay the payment.

The Ministry said it had tightened controls against illegal labour operators. “Companies that engage in illegal work, cause unfair competition for honest businesses,” the Ministry said. It said that cutting down on “unscrupulous” employment agencies was a key objective for the labour inspectorate. 

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