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Labour migration not always beneficial, says government institute

Wednesday 12 December 2012

The national and European governments must be more active in managing future labour migration, the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy WRR says in a new report.

The popular position that labour migration is necessary to offset the greying of the population needs to be looked at closely, the WRR says. And the 'other side' of immigration - such as the nuisance caused to the native population - also needs taking into account, the report states.

For example, migrant labour can be cheaper for employers at the bottom end of the jobs market, and that impacts on the native population as well, the researchers say.

'Employers and government should also do more to ensure labour migrants remain employable in the long term, such as by investing in education and language skills,' the WRR says.

The FNV trade union federation is currently campaigning against the use of cheap migrant labour on temporary contracts to replace Dutch workers.

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Readers' Comments

New Polish woman never arrived. Supposed 2come Sat. - got in writing.

They forced lovely efficient Dutch woman 2resign only offering contract no Dutch person of sound mind would accept, and are not!

1st they tried Romania/Hungary helpers but 'so many problems',

then teenagers from GGZ DutchMental'hospitals' - I got 18 yr old. Spent 40min 'working' while her clothes kept falling off, trousers @knees 3x - stop - makes tea - talk - shows deep slashes & burns arms & legs - old & new - the new week after approved 2work alone in people's homes!!! - & then she was gone.

Now have Polish single mother of 2 who didn't showup - probably as the youngest 6mths &sick?

By Gerard | 12 December 2012 5:44 PM

It's unreal what employers do to this temporary workers . Some of them live here for ten years and they still on temporary contracts and been treated like second class : no real voice in the company , less working hours like all the time meaning less money and so on . situation is catastrophic . And main problem ,low pay for everyone .

By Tim | 12 December 2012 6:10 PM

Plain populism... :| It was about time to appear due to the fall in trust in the new government over the tough economic measures.

By Ada | 12 December 2012 9:35 PM

To Gerald,
You must be more considerate towards young mothers as they need our support. We need more children to sustain this economy in future. The key to the successful resource management is to have proper staff numbers and have signed frame agreement with reputable HR suppliers so you can reqest additional staff at short notice if "another mother don't show up due to, for example, sick child. Good luck!

By Jerry | 13 December 2012 7:20 AM

Gov must attract more firms and introduce more qualilty jobs. When there is fair amount of labour competition, all these exploitations of labour will go away.

By ufo | 13 December 2012 8:51 AM

Gerard - your post doesn't really make any sense and probably isn't true anyway.

By What? | 13 December 2012 9:25 AM

Thanks 'What?" - I love people who call others liars but run and hide.

Try telling the wonderful helpful Dutch woman that has been forced out of her job that she's had for 3 yrs since loosing her previous job as they told her she was too old and too slow that I am a liar! The organisation sent others while she when she was on holiday or was sick and none did as good a job.

Read the News and See what is going on around you!

By Gerard | 13 December 2012 3:41 PM

Gerard - bring me the wonderful helpful Dutch woman, and I will. I am not running and hiding, I just thought your comment didn't ring true as you managed to include too many Eastern Europeans in your post. I used the name "what?" as your post didn't make much sense and was very idiosyncratic. I can provide my full name and address if you really want me to tell the wonderful woman something...although you don't say what I should try telling her.

By What? | 14 December 2012 11:19 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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