In the beginning of February 2011 a campaign has started against the exploitation of workers in a Dutch based OTTO temporary agency.
Since then actions took place at several office branches in Holland, Poland, Slovakia and Czech; and in Holland, a group of Polish workers, comrades from de Vrije Bond (AGA and ZAG) and the ZSP visited some workers “hotels”. The campaign started when the company did not extend the contract of one of the workers who contacted AGA. Few other workers spoke out since then and claim their demands.
OTTO temporary agency is the biggest employer of workers from Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic in Holland. There is an OTTO office in Great Britain and the company claims to have representation also in Bulgaria. You can see the map with offices at OTTO's website.
Salaries, lack of payment for sick leave or vacation, living conditions and lack of minimum of space, a system of labour control and fines, are among the many problems the workers face.
On Wednesday 3rd March there will be a meeting of the main OTTO Work Force owner Frank van Gool with the workers. If you want to show him what you think of his company's practices, send him an e-mail or a fax till Wednesday noon! You can use the following model letter or make one yourself:
Frank van Gool
OTTO Work Force
5803 AP Venray
5800 GC Venray
Fax: +31 478 529900
E-mail: [email protected]
– STOP CHEATING WORKERS!
I have heard many complaints from Polish and Slovak workers about late payments, ungrounded deductions from their pay, and horrible living conditions. Your company is fining people for “rules” they did not break, and “regulations” they have never seen or signed. Blso, OTTO is not fulfilling their oral and written promises given to the workers.
I demand that you quit these abusive practices and pay the workers what you owe them!
You are very well aware of the fact that several workers did not receive their full salaries, money for sick pay, vacation equivalent etc. This is completely unacceptable.
I emphasize the fact that until you fulfill the workers’ demands and stop your abusive practices we will continue to expose what OTTO is about in reality to your potential clients and general public!
NO MORE EXPLOITATION OF FOREIGN WORKERS!
NO MORE SHORT OR LATE SALARIES!
BETTER CONDITIONS AND DIGNITY FOR THE WORKERS!