Minister Scharrenbach: Fourth cross-border control operation against exploitative working and living conditions – Ban on the use of three accommodations, suspicion of profiteering

During another cross-border control operation in the city of Nettetal and the municipality of Brüggen in the district of Viersen on 12 December 2022, the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia, together with the authorities of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Netherlands, Poland and other EU authorities, inspected several flats and buildings owned by temporary workers. The EURIEC supported the MHKBD NRW in preparing and planning the cross-border control actions. The aim: to protect against exploitative working and living conditions, and to further expose structures.

Image: City of Nettetal

Besides the buildings in which Dutch employment agencies house workers from the meat industry, buildings in which people work for Polish companies from the logistics and construction sectors were also inspected for the first time. All temporary workers found are employed in the Netherlands.

The inspection was already the fourth large-scale inspection of this type in the German-Dutch border region. At the invitation of the Ministry of the Interior, Municipalities, Construction and Digitalisation of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia, the European Labour Authority (ELA) also supported the joint inspections and, for the first time, allowed officials from Poland to participate.

Read the full press release here.

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