Thursday 23 September 2021

Helpling cleaners are temp workers

House cleaners hired via the app Helpling are temporary workers and must be given paid sick leave and compensation if they lose their jobs, Amsterdam appeals court found on Tuesday. But the court, however, stopped short of including them in the collective agreement for cleaners which would have treated them as permanent workers. Trade union FNV brought the case together with a cleaner, in 2019, arguing that the app is an employer and must pay its cleaners accordingly. The app,... More >

Temperature dipped under zero overnight

The temperature dipped below zero fractionally in Brabant in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the first frost after the summer. A temperature of -0.1 degrees Celsius was recorded in Woensdrecht, weather bureau Weeronline said. The first frost of autumn is usually recorded a little later, around the end of September. The weather forecast for the rest of the week is for sunny spells and temperatures no higher than 20 Celsius, although there may be some rain on Thursday... More >

Two arrested for sex worker trafficking

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with smuggling people from Latin America to the Netherlands to work as prostitutes, the public prosecution department said on Monday. The 62-year-old woman from Amsterdam, and 69-year-old man from Weert are thought to be part of a human trafficking ring, particularly involving transgender people. The woman is said to have organised places for the sex workers to stay and work in return for a ‘substantial portion’ of their earnings. She... More >

More child refugees are reaching NL

The number of unaccompanied child refugees arriving in the Netherlands has reached a five year high, the AD reported on Tuesday, quoting figures from the refugee settlement agency COA. By September 1, 665 minors were in the care of child refugee agency Nidos, double the figure for last last year and heading for the 2016 record of 967, the AD said. Almost 40% of them come from Syria. On Sunday, railway workers found one 13-year-old boy alone at Tilburg station.... More >

Boys who dressed up as Nazis apologise

A group of young men from the former island of Urk who dressed up as Nazis pretending to target a man in prison clothes and wearing a star of David as a protest against Covid measures, have apologised in person to a Holocaust survivor. Eighty-year-old Lous Steenhuis-Hoepelman, who was sent to various concentration camps during World War II, invited the group for a talk after seeing the images on September 11. Urk, a staunchly Protestant village, has been the scene... More >

19 on trial for polluted manure dumps

Nineteen people are appearing in court in Amsterdam this week, suspected of dumping millions of kilos of heavily polluted manure on Dutch and German agricultural land. The 19 include livestock farmers, a manure trader, other traders and a biodiesel manufacturer, broadcaster NOS said. In total, eight days have been set aside for the hearings over a three week period. The investigation into the fraud started in 2015 following a tip-off. The case centres on an international waste processing company which,... More >