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Netherlands – Stricter monitoring demanded for foreign staffing companies

05 February 2013

There should be tighter controls for foreign staffing companies which allow lorry drivers to work in the Netherlands, the Dutch Transport and Logistics (TLN) association said on Tuesday. It criticised that a lack of inspections could lead to abuses in the industry.

In a press release today, the organisation said that the countries in which the staffing companies are based may not carry out thorough checks. Foreign recruitment firms could therefore evade Dutch pay rules and hire local drivers at a cheaper rate.

“Abuses should be investigated and addressed,” said Peter Sierat of the TLN. This follows a national TV broadcast on Monday which showed that Dutch drivers were hired via a foreign staffing firm at cheaper pay rates.

The TLN fears that such labour arrangements are used to duck collective agreements. “Drivers who work for Dutch companies must also be paid according to the Dutch collective agreement,” said Mr Sierat.

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