Temp agencies involved in discrimination

2nd November 2011, Comments 0 comments

A majority of Dutch temporary job agencies agree to employers’ requests not to supply Turkish, Moroccan or Surinamese workers.

This is the conclusion of a master’s thesis written by two sociologists at the VU University Amsterdam. The two scientists approached 187 temp agencies with a request to supply workers for a fictitious job at a call centre.

They asked each of the temp agencies whether it was possible not to supply Surinamese, Turkish or Moroccan workers. In 76.8 percent of the temp agencies agreed to the request, in a clear violation of Dutch law which forbids discrimination in any form.

The two sociologists say that it was clear from the reactions they got that prejudice against Moroccans is even stronger and more widespread than against the other two groups.

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