Netherlands - Labour violations at building site US embassy - November 30, 2016

Labour laws were violated in the construction of the new United States embassy in Wassenaar, a newspaper reports. Employees structurally had to work overtime and foreign workers did not have the right papers. The Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate is investigating the case. People who worked on the embassy told the newspaper that they worked up to 60 hours a week, including Saturday. Workers who protested were sent away. Trade union FNV's safety hotline also received several complaints about safety at the site. Workers were hired as highly skilled migrants - a system that makes it easier to get work permits for highly qualified foreign personnel - while most of them aren't highly skilled workers.

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