Low pay, long hours, broken dreams: working at Europe’s biggest meat exporter

Low pay, long hours, broken dreams: working at Europe’s biggest meat exporter

Temporary staff at meat plants in the Netherlands share none of the success of the booming industry as agencies withhold pay and threaten eviction

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In October last year, Lucian Roșu found himself unemployed and homeless in Boxtel, a town in the southern Netherlands. “I went to the railway station and slept there in the cold and the rain,” he says.

A few hundred metres away, on the other side of the train tracks, was the headquarters of one of Europe’s biggest meat companies, where he had worked a few days before on the production line.

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