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How to tackle labour exploitation in caretaking?

The editors of the Dutch journal De Groene Amsterdammer investigated abuses in healthcare. Bulgarian companies provide residential home care for the elderly in the Netherlands and Belgium. Despite serious defects in the business operations and structural underpayment of the - often unqualified - employees, they still get away with it because there is hardly any control.

The editors of the Dutch journal De Groene Amsterdammer investigated abuses in healthcare. Bulgarian companies provide residential home care for the elderly in the Netherlands and Belgium. Despite serious defects in the business operations and structural underpayment of the - often unqualified - employees, they still get away with it because there is hardly any control. Jan Cremers (UvT) who cooperated in the investigation stated that the limited competence for the inspectorate is one of the major obstacles to checking compliance. A company has the freedom to establish in another country and to start sending workers through the freedom to provide services. But the inspections end at the national border and the inspectorate has few opportunities to withdraw a company from the market. The problem is that an employee often has no entrance to a Dutch judge, but is referred to the country mentioned in the employment contract.