Netherlands -Building firms accused of exploitation -November 23, 2013

Polish and Portuguese construction workers who are building a motorway tunnel near Maastricht are being exploited by the consortium in charge. Trade union FNV says it is holding chief builders BallastNedam and Strukton responsible for the way sub-contractor Rimec is systematically underpaying staff. Rimec, known as staffing agency Atlanto Rimec, was also involved in the breaches at the famous Flamanville site in France. The trade union claims Rimec has for almost 18 months wrongly withheld €1,000 a month from the salaries of Polish and Portuguese workers to pay for housing and transport costs. In addition, the workers are not paid in accordance with official pay scales, nor do they get holiday pay, overtime and other benefits, the union says. The two main contractors are prepared to compensate the workers after 'heavy pressure'.

English: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/11/construction_firms_accused ...  

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/11/portuguese_tunnel_workers ...

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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