Netherlands: Report calls on govt. & recruitment agencies to act on exploitation of Polish migrant workers

Author: Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) & FairWork, Published on: 28 June 2016

Polish migrant workers in the Netherlands still face long working days, unpaid overtime, sexual intimidation and threats, despite a series of measures taken by the Dutch government in 2011 to improve the situation of Polish migrant workers. Because of their dependency on recruitment agencies, Polish migrant workers remain extremely vulnerable to exploitation. Yet, the Dutch government continues to allow the recruitment industry to regulate itself...The researchers interviewed over one hundred Polish migrant workers from around the Netherlands on wages, discrimination, exploitation and sexual intimidation, health and lack of insurance, social isolation and work pressure...The researchers conclude that the Dutch government's policy of allowing the sector to self-regulate facilitates the exploitation of migrant workers...

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