Investigative journalist Joppe Nuyts worked undercover for several weeks at the courier company PostNL. There he saw with his own eyes what was going on. “You see social fraud happening on a fairly large scale, precisely because subcontractors can’t keep their heads above water,” says Nowets. As a result of the investigation by HLN and VTM News, Social inspectors today at PostNL warehouses in our country, where, among other things, violations of unauthorized work were found. The full confidential report will appear on our website later.
Investigative journalist Joppe Nuyts went undercover at PostNL for a few weeks. “It’s not about working eight hours a day, but having to empty that truck,” he told VTM Nieuws. “You don’t know in advance how many packages you will have to deliver per day. Sometimes it included more than four hundred a day. Especially now during the rush period; Black Friday and the holidays are coming. We wondered how we could deliver all these packages to customers on time.”
PostNL works with independent courier companies that deliver packages to the customer. Subcontractors are paid per package and per truck entering the warehouse. Some subcontractors say they receive as little as €1 per package. Because of these low rates, they hardly make ends meet. “Two of the subcontractors said they were paying thousands of euros out of their pocket so they wouldn’t go bankrupt,” Noets said.
“Because the subcontractors earn so little, they give you the opportunity to make more money in blacks. Evening trips are very popular. As I was shown this. You see social fraud happening on a fairly large scale, precisely because subcontractors from The subs cannot keep their heads above the water.”
The full confidential report from HLN and VTM Nieuws can be found on our website tomorrow.
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