Labour on demand
Researcher Jan Cremers of the Tilburg Law School contributed to the documentary ‘Labour on Demand’ of the TV program Zembla. The program addressed the housing, work and living situation of labour migrants in detail.
Cremers makes a comparison with how migrant workers in the past were employed directly by the company where they were supposed to work. Partly because of this, they fell directly under the responsibility of that company and could count on support from the human resources department and on help in finding housing. In the current situation, that responsibility is often shifted to the intermediary, the temp agency, or other go-betweens. This is all the more distressing given that in many cases they are doing structural work that justifies permanent contracts.