Human trafficking, conflict of interest and employment office. Another scandal in Lubuskie

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2022-11-27 15:37

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2022-11-27 15:37

The authorities of the Lubuskie Voivodeship again have a problem with workers’ rights. In the background, a conflict of interest, big money and even the death of a journalist – wrote “Gazeta Lubuska” on Sunday.

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As “Gazeta Lubuska” writes, it is about the Voivodship Labor Office and the high-profile human trafficking scandal from Guatemala. In its text, the newspaper refers to the TVN and Gazeta Wyborcza report. He quotes the director of the VLO, Waldemar Stępak, who said that “wife Małgosia actually runs the agency, but there is no conflict of interest.”

The newspaper indicates that the matter concerns the company Easttrees from Zielona Góra. This is an employment agency whose president is Małgorzata Koska-Stępak, privately the wife of the director of the VLO, i.e. an official supervised by the deputy marshal of PSL Łukasz Porycki. “The authors of the reportage +GW+ and +Superwizjer TVN+ revealed the practice of human trafficking, who were brought to Poland under the pretext of high wages, and then were used and detained in inhumane conditions. According to journalists, it was this company that was the only employer for newcomers from Latin America and managed them to work in different parts of Poland,” reports “Gazeta Lubuska”.

He also asks whether the director of the office subordinated to the Marshal’s Office could not have known what the company managed by his wife does. “The employment office only registers companies, this is a purely administrative task” – says Director Stępak in the material.

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The newspaper points out that the Easttrees company is known to Zielona Góra investigators, and the spokeswoman for the District Prosecutor’s Office in Zielona Góra, Ewa Antonowicz, informed the journalists of “GW” and “TVN” that both the case of the Marshal’s official and a possible conflict of interest, as well as his wife, are being investigated. The latter was charged with tax fraud in the amount of several million zlotys. According to prosecutor Antonowicz, the owner did not pay contributions for employees to the Social Insurance Institution and the Tax Office. In addition, employees’ testimonies indicate that their rights were violated. The investigation is still ongoing.

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“Gazeta Lubuska” reported that the newcomers, tempted by the agency belonging to the wife of the director of the Voivodeship Employment Office, had not been easy in Poland. “They worked for starvation wages, from which the Easttrees agency deducted unreasonable fees, but they had no one to complain to. Those who managed to escape told the Guatemalan journalist Orleando Villanuev about it, but he was shot. Representative of the Zielona Góra company Adam Wyszyński told journalists +GW+ and +TVN+ that he had never heard of the case,” the newspaper writes.

He also informs that the voivodeship marshal Elżbieta Polak informed that the actions of the deputy marshal supervising the Voivodeship Labor Office are being checked and that at 5 p.m. he is urgently convening the voivodeship board, where appropriate decisions will be taken in this matter. (PAP)

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