Morgunbladid reports that the Sheriff of Hafnarfjördur has closed the offices of the employement agency Tveir+einn, “Two+one”.
A spokesman for the labor union Hlíf said the East German laborers working through the agency had been told that in Iceland Saturday was a regular working day and subtracted money from their pay if they were found to be sloppy.
The Sheriff closed the office of the company because of unpaid taxes. The owner of the company deny not having paid taxes.
The chairman of Hlíf, Kolbeinn Gunnarsson, says that up to 100 foreign workers have be working in Iceland through the agency. The union contacted the men and discovered that they were not being paid overtime, pay regular wages for working on weekends and in one instance up to ISK 600 thousand was missing from the payroll of an employee. Up to 20% of pay had been deducted for complaints about the employees’ performance.
The owner of Tveir+einn, Frank Witascheck, denied all allegations and referred questions to his lawyer.