Published On: Mon, Apr 8th, 2013

Inadequate sanctions implemented in construction industry

Construction workersWILLEMSTAD – The sanction that applies to employers in the construction industry who hire illegal workers, is insufficiently implemented. This is according to Mike Willem of the Antillean Contractors Association (AAV). The penalties for hiring illegal workers are high enough, says Willem.

An employer who employs illegal workers is risking a fine of one hundred thousand dollars or three months imprisonment. The sanctions are not sufficiently applied. According to Willem, the number of employers using illegal forces works is great. The Jamaican and Colombian workers often stay here sometimes are not even illegal. They arrive on the island with a tourist visa and earn “black market money” here. Therefore, the employer does not have to pay taxes.

Moreover, the employees are often underpaid and employers need not pay social security contributions. The AAV calls it “stealing bread from the local workforce”. This form of competition is prohibited by law and in accordance with the association it cannot be tolerated.

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