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Netherlands – Staffing code of conduct against labour exploitation

18 October 2012

A new report today has found that 21,000 people in the Netherlands are victims of labour exploitation in the Netherlands – and to tackle this issue in the staffing market, an industry code of conduct will be introduced.

Fair Work, a charity that raises awareness of modern slavery and the publisher of the report, has teamed up with ManpowerGroup Netherlands to implement the code. The organisation has found that there was an increase in the amount of labour exploitation committed by certified staffing agencies.

Fair Work called this a “worrying development” on today’s anti-slavery day. It said that authorities are only aware of 1% of such cases of labour exploitation.

The charity works closely with victims. ManpowerGroup is now working on the code with Fair Work and will also help find jobs for those who have been affected.

The Dutch government is determined to abolish rogue agencies in the country. A package of measures launched by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment earlier this year aims to abolish the number of staffing firms involved in cases of exploitation and human trafficking by 2014. 

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