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Rotterdam refinery fined nearly €2m for illegal workers

Thursday 21 February 2013

An unnamed Rotterdam refinery has been fined nearly €2m for employing hundreds of Romanian workers without proper permits, RTL news said on Thursday.

The Romanian staffing agency which provided the workers has also been fined almost €2m, the broadcaster said.

Factory inspectors apparently found 242 Romanian nationals without proper permits working on a building project on the refinery site.

The refinery has paid the fine, the agency has not, RTL said. Both companies have appealed and, according to RTL, the staffing agency has applied for bankruptcy protection.

The social affairs ministry has made tackling the problem of fraudulent staffing agencies a priority. Fines have also been increased.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

That 'fine' money should be used to get those employees proper paperwork and proper jobs, but I fear that will never happen. Instead, the big corps will lose almost nothing and the only person hurt is the little guy who lost his job. While I don't like the corruption and people working illegally, the correct response is to make it LEGAL for them to live and work here.

By Stupid | 21 February 2013 11:51 PM

Seems the Agency is trying to duck the fines by going into bankruptcy,Someone there made the decision so I trust they will persue the Directors.You can't just take your bat and ball then go home.

By BenDoone | 22 February 2013 1:08 AM

@Stu... You have many beautiful and insightful ideas in your correspondence, I wish you would give yourself more credit and upgrade your e-name. I agree, without proper legal ID, these workers can be exploited like slaves which is not what NL or USA stands for. We all must discourage slavery in every way.

By LikesNL | 24 February 2013 8:25 PM

Anyone nows what Romanian agency it is about?

By Calin | 4 March 2013 3:20 PM

Anyone nows what Romania agency it is about?

By Calin | 4 March 2013 3:23 PM

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