Netherlands - Romanian workers exploited at shipyards - March 31, 2016

Romanian workers at several shipyards are being paid just €1 an hour as their employers get round the rules on equal pay via staffing bureaus and other ‘tricks’. The workers are employed by an intermediate which deducts taxes and pension premiums in Romania under the EU’s A1 ruling. The workers are paid a living allowance while working, which is not subject to tax and premiums. This means it is far cheaper for the shipyards to employ them than ordinary workers. For trade union FNV, campaigning for decent wages, the Dutch and Romanian nationals at the shipyards are colleagues, not competitors.

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