Farmers threaten minister with court over Romanian visa stop

Market gardeners in the south of the country say they will take social affairs minister Henk Kamp to court if he does not change his mind over work permits for Romanians by 17.00 hours on Monday, news agency ANP reports.

The growers – largely orchard owners and strawberry farmers – rely on some 2,000 Romanian seasonal workers to bring in the harvest.
Kamp said in March he will not agree to any more permits for people from Romania from July 1. The growers should use local unemployed workers instead, news agency ANP quotes him as saying.
The growers’ organisation ZLTO says the minister is wrong to change policy in the middle of the season and that his action threatens their contracts with the retail sector.

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