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.
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?
Perhaps you are suddenly without work because of Corona. So you have to go to your country of origin. Before you leave, check the conditions in your work contract, and make sure you get your rights.
FairWork has developed an overview of options where to notify complaints about exploitation, human trafficking, sexual intimidation, bad housing etc.
How can I register in the Non-residents Records Database (RNI)?
If you are moving to the Netherlands for less than 4 months, you can register as a non-resident with the Personal Records Database (BRP). To do so, register with a RNI municipality in the Non-residents Record Database. You will be given a citizen service number (BSN) once you have registered.
Report about Sexual Harassment in the workplace among Polis migrant workers in the Netherlands.
I don’t have a work contract, can I claim my rights?
Yes, you can. But only with proof.
Collect any possible evidence that you have worked in a certain place:
- If you have a smart phone, you can use Google Location History to register where you are;
- If possible, make pictures of your work place;
- Write down names of companies, bosses, collagues;
- Save all digital communication about you work (whatsapp, sms, email);
- Save all proof on paper (scedules, work instructions);
- Keep record of days and hours worked;
- Note down how much you got paid.