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Netherlands – More labour violations detected in 2011, Inspectorate reports

21 May 2012

Last year, more companies in the Netherlands violated working rights as revealed in the annual report by the Social Affairs Inspectorate which, among other objectives, aims to tackle rogue agencies in the Netherlands.

The report shows that most violations occurred in the cleaning industry, the staffing industry and the construction industry. The Inspectorate conducted 62 criminal investigations in 2011 alone, including cases for exploitation and human trafficking.

Other violations include illegal employment, identity fraud and breaking agreements on the minimum wage.

This year, there has already been a few arrests made in the staffing industry when the Inspectorate discovered several cases of exploitation. In February, for instance, a couple in Rotterdam have been arrested for allegedly exploiting Polish agency workers in the country. The couple are accused of having robbed dozens of Polish migrant workers of their pay.

Rogue agencies have been a problem in the Netherlands and the Dutch Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Henk Kamp, has initiated an inspection, which aims to detect possible cases of exploitation, human trafficking and illegal employment. 

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