By Enrique Tessieri
Remember when some politicians pointed the finger accusingly at labor immigrants because they would fuel racism? Remember how these politicians claimed that immigrants would work for a pittance and thereby drive wages down? A story published by Kauhajoki-lehti reveals how Swedish construction group Skanska exploited its employees at a construction site by paying them 4-euro hourly wages and a bowl of rice every day.
A story by Kansan Uutiset claims that such workers made 3 euros an hour and worked 12-hour shifts.
So who is to blame? The worker or the company? What about those who should be regulating such sites to ensure that everything is done legally?
Most of the immigrant workers in question are from Estonia, Kosovo, Russia and Poland.
Taking into account such cases, and there are many of them out there in Finland, it’s clear that some companies will exploit immigrant workers if given the opportunity. This doesn’t happen to Finns on such a scale because they are organized.
Unions should take care of immigrant workers as much as they do their own nationals.
Does this happen? Kauhajoki is a good example that it doesn’t.