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Sweatshop in Reykjavík?

The police, officials from the Icelandic Federation of Trade Unions (ASÍ), and the Reykjavik City Environmental Health and Protection Office were summoned to a house in Reykjavík yesterday morning where up to twelve Poles had been housed in horrendous conditions.

According to Iceland State Radio, RÚV, twelve Polish men had worked day and night in construction, for three months, for an Icelander who forced them to work over 250 hours a month. The men were paid 120.000 ISK a month or an hourly wage of 480 ISK. The employer had threatened to have the people deported if they tried to complain about their condition. The case is under investigation.

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