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Norway carwashes described as giving ‘slavery’ like wages

June 02, 2014
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OSLO, Norway — Over the last two years the Norwegian labour inspectorate has examined 100 carwashes working conditions as part of “Operation Raccoon,” according to The Local.

The findings include pay far below the minimum wage, and many workers sleeping at the washes they work at. The migrant workers, notes the article, often end up in Norway without any identification, and are left with arranged jobs to pay the smugglers who brought them over from surrounding areas.

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“The minimum requirements have not been met in a single case,” said Knut Morten Alvestad, senior inspector.

The wages, the inspectorate found, are frequently sent back to the families in the home countries.

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