Romanian workers exploited at construction site of a holiday camp in Saarland
This month public opinion in Germany was shocked to hear about 50 subcontracted Romanian workers, hired since last December to build cottage houses for Bostalssee and, reportedly, hardly receiving any money at all, ending in situation when they were not even able to buy basic food. They said that “New Jobs” – the recruitment agency in Bucharest – was offering fixed employments and salaries. But when they arrived in Germany, it appeared that the work is on self-employment basis, which allowed the subcontractor to undercut sectoral minimum wage, pension contribution, holiday and sick pay, and even this money was not paid. Workers reported to have been sleeping in empty flats, with sheets of dryfall to sleep on. This continued for almost 4 months and only with vehement protests of workers the situation started to be adressed.