Monday, March 27, 2006
NATO employs illegals
According to daily newspaper De Morgen, some 250 employees of NATO's Shape base are moonlighting without an official work contract. NATO's Socialist union Secta says the base officially employs 300 soldiers and 120 civilian employees, but that many family members are working "under the table" in base facilities for around five euros per hour.
Secta says that NATO actually encourages the practice by officially firing people but allowing them to continue working. They further allege that both Defense Minister Flahault and Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht have turned a blind eye. The union has filed an official complaint with the labour inspection.