FairWork has collected a number of stories from migrant workers who have learned about their labour rights and the support options in the Netherlands. As a result, they have a stronger employment position and/or have been able to claim their rights.
Flyer Ukrainian refugees: ‘Know your rights. Be prepared when looking for a job in the Netherlands!’
As a refugee from Ukraine you have the same labour rights in the Netherlands as a Dutch employee. Dutch labour law includes the minimum wage, the maximum number of hours you work in a day and continued payment in case of illness. Everyone has rights and it doesn’t matter what kind of work you do. In construction, as a cleaner, sex work or agricultural work.
Research by students in cooperation with FairWork showed that West-African migrants in the Netherlands have become even more vulnerable as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. They have a precarious work situation and do not always know where and how to find support from NGOs. Often, they prefer to seek advice and support within their informal network.
Knowing your labour rights is essential in preventing abuses and vulnerable work situations. Our new webpage provides information about the labour rights of domestic workers in the Netherlands, stories of domestic workers and tools that can be of support in claiming labour rights.
In January 2021, the two year project Hidden at Work – Labour and sexual exploitation and harassment of women in the (private) work sphere started.
Important information about corona and quarantine in the Netherlands
Do you work with undocumented migrants and do you see that they are experiencing serious labour rights violations? Are they not getting paid, are they being pressured, kept indoors or have they been put out on the street by their employer?