Labour violations at 50pc of businesses

21st May 2007, Comments 0 comments

21 May 2007, THE HAGUE – There were problems with the labour conditions at half of the businesses checked by the labour inspectorate last year.

21 May 2007

THE HAGUE – There were problems with the labour conditions at half of the businesses checked by the labour inspectorate last year.

Most violations involved unsafe machinery, tools and installations. Work places were often poorly planned out, safety precautions were ignored in working with dangerous substances, and companies had not properly mapped out the risks.

This is contained in the labour inspectorate's annual report for 2006. Work is still very risky in the construction sector, the report says. The sector has been making efforts to educate workers but many accidents still take place.

The labour inspectorate significantly stepped up checks for illegal labour last year: from 8,600 in 2005 to more than 11,000 last year. Illegal labour was found at 2,500 inspections, involving a total of some 5,500 illegal workers.

Most of the incidents of illegal labour were in the retail industry, followed by the hospitality industry, construction, employment agencies and to a lesser degree agriculture and horticulture.

The inspectorate concentrated checks on areas where there is the greatest risk of violations. Many renovation projects at private homes were checked, as were many Chinese restaurants.

The labour inspectorate expects to come across less illegal labour since the opening of the border to workers from Poland and other Eastern European countries on 1 May this year.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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