Trade unions and the protection of victims

When it comes to protection of and assistance to victims, trade unions could:

Assist a victim by taking the employers to court

When a victim is open to pursuing their rights by means of litigation, the trade union staff member may contact the trade union’s litigation department to discuss the possibility of bringing a case before the court. As the wronged party in civil proceedings, the worker can claim the applicable conditions of labour, as well as compensation for other material and immaterial damages.

Make a complaint on behalf of the victim

The exploited worker may run the risk of retaliation if they file a complaint themselves. Therefore, the trade union could file a complaint on behalf of the victim with the employer, while at the same time getting the inspectorate involved.

Provide a victim with access to private and public employment agencies

Access to private and public employment agencies could result in decent jobs for workers who are allowed to stay in the country.

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