Poles left in the lurch by Dutch temp agencies

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Dutch temp agencies entice Polish people to come to the Netherlands with promises of sufficient work. But often these promises prove to be empty: some Polish employees are told they'll be able to work 40 hours a week, but end up working much less. 

Many of these Polish workers have to pay the temp agencies for housing and other living expenses. One Polish woman says she only worked 16 hours during the entire month of March. Her net salary was 128 euros. After all her costs were deducted, she actually owed the agency 13 euros.

The temp agencies deny any wrongdoing, but trade unions and the Ministry of Social Affairs confirm that they've received complaints from Polish workers who say they were duped into coming to the Netherlands.