Scheiding van bed en baan voor arbeidsmigranten

Brieven van arbeidsmigranten

Carlos Navarro

Hema
T.a.v. Tjeerd Jegen
NDSM-straat 10, 1033SB Amsterdam.

Maarssen, 25th May 2020

Dear company CEO, 

As a migrant that lived inside the accomodation that Agencies provide. I’m collaborating with FNV since they started the campaign “Kwestie van Beschaving”, in order to give a voice to the flexworkers whose are living in this facilities. I would like to know, how is possible that, with Covid-19 crisis, my fellow mates are still living in the same conditions as before and when ask for security they not only get ignored it but charge the difference to those who want live alone in a room. 

From the bottom of my heart I truly know that Temporal Agencies can’t be landlords and employers because they only look for their own benefit, not providing their workers safety, security and the minimum comfort that a person deserves. Furthermore I’d like to call the attention of the companies, big and small, that contract the services of Temporal companies and let them know if they like to feel part of this viscious circle that should finish. 

Your voices carry power, a power to change a corrupt situation that is being extended for too long, help the migrants to feel like people, not a number and a money income. 
If you are interested in know more, I will add the link to our campaign below. 

www.kwestievanbeschaving.nl 

Thanks for your attention 

With kind regards,

Carlos Navarro 

Krzysztof Gerdes

Bol.com
Attend to: Mr. H. Vermeulen, CEO
Postbus 8080
3503 RB Utrecht

13-05-2020

Dear Mr. Vermeulen,

Since your voice carries power and influence over temporary work agencies that work with migrant workers, I direct my words at you. After all, you employ a large number of your employees through them at BOL.

“Under the cooperation of T&S with Langhstraet Recreatie B.V. T&S employees are provided with various types of housing centers that meet all the criteria and necessary standards set out in regulations and necessary to use the Flex Certified Home certificate. The company makes every effort to create temporary conditions for temporary workers to make them feel at home during their stay in the Netherlands. It works on the principle that a pleasant environment contributes to the well-being of temporary workers, which in turn translates into better work. “

Such a lie appears on the pages of HR departments in the countries from which employees are recruited. These lies are sustained by recruiters before leaving for the Netherlands.

The reality is completely different. The company does not make any effort to create acceptable living conditions for temporary workers, let alone home-like conditions. The terrible housing creates a bad mood in temporary workers, which in turn translates into poor work. I had no conditions for sleeping, washing, drying, resting, cooking, not to mention entertainment. To make things worse, the agency employs more workers than needed. Working for BOL gives less work hours a week than initially promised. In this way BOL secures the demand for employees and the agency charges plenty of rent, which regardless of the number of hours worked is charged in full. This is against the law (25% of income exceeded). In this way, it avoids vacancy, maximizing rental profits on inhuman terms.

In short, in my experience us migrant workers are quartered in containers as rubbish and are treated as rubbish.

As you probably know, the labor union FNV has launched a campaign titled “Kwestie van Beschaving” to address the issue. Temporary work agencies have exposed themselves as faulty landlords and have shown that they are unable to carry the responsibility of providing proper and safe housing for the people they employ. The combination of landlord and employer brings about a conflict of interest at the costs of my rights and safety and those of others like me.

I would like to ask you where you stand in this discussion around work agencies wearing the two hats of employer and landlord? I want to see a separation of work and housing, as do many others in my situation. Will you support us?

I recommend you have a look at the project’s website www.kwestievanbeschaving.nl. I have also added a sample of news items that address the issue of temporary work agencies as houselords.

With kind regards,
Krzysztof Gerdes

Marian Hobel

Jaco Knetemann
Directeur Ingram Micro
Veerweg 16
5145 NS Waalwijk

Nispen, 12-05-2020

Dear Mr. Knetemann,

With this letter I would like to bring to your attention the living conditions of migrant workers employed through temporary agencies. It is through these agencies that Ingram Micro is staffed. My union FNV has launched the campaign Kwestie van Beschaving which aims to improve the living conditions of migrant workers like myself. During the Covid-19 crisis this has become an even more urgent issue. You have probably followed the coverage of our housing experiences during this pandemic in the media. 

Temporary work agencies have exposed themselves as faulty landlords and have shown that they are unable to carry the responsibility of providing proper and safe housing for the people they employ. The combination of being landlord and employer brings about a conflict of interest at the cost of my rights and those of others like me.

To illustrate a few of the issues I have struggled with, I will begin by mentioning random room checks which take place in our absence. To come home after a hard day’s work and find your personal belongings out of their usual place is not acceptable. I do not know when the next room check will take place, nor do my roommates. This leads to a feeling of general anxiety and distrust. Moreover, I see the numerous relocations we have to go through as unnecessary and destabilizing. In my 6 months here I have been moved back and forth between the same accommodation locations several times. I don’t see the point of having left the first one to begin with.

Last but not least, the lack of privacy is a stringent issue. Everybody can see pretty much everything you do. You share your room with a stranger and that particular roommate can be replaced with another at any point. A friend of mine had 3 different roommates in 2 weeks’ time.

At the bottom of this email you can find some examples of the negative coverage the temporary work agencies have gathered lately. I also invite you to visit our website www.kwestievanbeschaving.nl.

I would like to ask where you stand in this discussion around work agencies wearing the two hats of employer and landlord. I want to see a separation of work and housing, as do many others in my situation. Will you support us?

With kind regards,

Marian Hobel

Order Picker, Ingram Micro

Marek Sidlik

Brian Enright
Syncreon
Van Hilststraat 23
5145 RK Waalwijk

Tillburg 06-05-2020

Dear Mr. Enright,

Since your voice carries power and influence over temporary work agencies that work with migrant workers, I direct my message at you. After all, you employ a large number of your employees through them at Syncreon.

As you probably know, my labor union FNV has launched a campaign titled “Kwestie van Beschaving.” The Covid-19 crisis has made the lack of proper housing for migrants more visible than ever. I was housed in a hotel where I paid 120 euros a week for a bed in a room that was 2,5m x 2,5m, 2 beds a room. I refused to live in a room with a stranger. I wanted to safeguard my health, and that of others, by correctly following the safety regulations and for this I was punished. The agency made me pay for both beds, which is my full weekly paycheck and I was fired a week later.

Temporary work agencies have exposed themselves as faulty landlords and have shown that they are unable to carry the responsibility of providing proper and safe housing for the people they employ. The combination of being landlord and employer brings about a conflict of interest at the costs of my rights and safety and those of others like me. This was the case before the Covid-19 crisis and this is still the case during the Covid-19 crisis.

At the bottom of this email you can find some examples of the negative media coverage the temporary work agencies have gathered lately. I can also recommend you have a look at the website www.kwestievanbeschaving.nl.

I would like to ask you where you stand in this discussion around work agencies wearing the two hats of employer and landlord? I want to see a separation of work and housing, as do many others in my situation. Will you support us?

With kind regards,

Marek Sadlik
Former Employee of Syncreon

Dinu Constantin Filimin

Marit van Egmond CEO
Albert Heijn
Provincialeweg 11 Zaandam

Nijkerk, 30-04-2020

Dear Mrs. van Egmond,

Since your voice carries power and influence over temporary work agencies that work with migrant workers, I direct my message at you. After all, you employ a large portion of your employees through them at Albert Heijn.

As you probably know, my labor union FNV has launched a campaign called ‘Kwestie van beschaving’. The goals of this campaign is to improve the living conditions of migrant workers such as myself. The Covid-19 crisis has made the lack of proper housing for migrant workers more visible than ever. You probably haven’t missed the negative press coverage that has accumulated over the last couple of weeks. Temporary work agencies have exposed themselves as faulty landlords and have shown that they are unable to carry the responsibility of providing proper and safe housing for the people they employ. The combination of being landlord and employer brings about a conflict of interest at the cost of my rights and those of others like me. This was the case before the Covid-19 crisis and is still the case during the Covid-19 crisis.

At the bottom of this email you can find some examples of the negative coverage the temporary work agencies have gathered lately. I can also recommend you have a look at the website www.kwestievanbeschaving.nl.

I would like to ask you where you stand in this discussion around work agencies wearing the two hats of employer and landlord. I want to see a separation of work and housing, as do many others in my situation. Will you support us?

With kind regards,

Dinu Constantin Filimin
Former employee of Albert Heijn

Links to media coverage:
Bron: NOS Journaal, 21-03-2020 (link) / Bron: NRC, Bram Endedijk, 20-03-2020 (link) / Bron: De Volkskrant, Peter de Graaf, 9 april 2020 (link)

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