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Netherlands – Staffing industry demands end to sham contracts

17 January 2013

The Dutch staffing industry wants to put an end to sham arrangements used by some international staffing companies and has called on the minister of social affairs and employment to take action.

Earlier this week it has been reported that two Netherlands-based staffing agencies operating in Poland use legal loopholes to bring “cheap” workers from Poland into the country. By using sham arrangements, the companies pay lower social contributions and workers are paid low wages with this creating unfair competition in the labour market.

The Dutch association of private employment agencies (ABU) said on Wednesday that this practice has to come to an end. It said that more and more foreign staffing companies have become active in the Netherlands and although it is not against this development, it said that competition has to remain fair.

The association therefore came forward with proposals which it hopes will be adopted by the employment minister, Lodewijk Asscher. It wants the cross-border employment act to be expanded and include wider regulations to offer better working conditions to workers. 

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