Dirty game with cleaners

SOURCE: YLE TV1's MOT program November 24, 2008 "Dirt the Game with Cleaners" online script at: http://yle.com/section/article/2008/12/01/click-game-clean-script/ MOT : Dirty Game with Cleaners / Manuscript Editor: Riikka Kaihovaara (RELEASE 01.12.2008 - 14:23. UPDATED 19.06.2013 - 13:17) TV1 24.11.2008 at 20:00 The Chinese pay for themselves in order to get clean in Finland. VOICE: Last June, there were wild allegations. Chinese cleaners said they had paid thousands of euros to brokerage firms to get to work in Finland. In addition to commissions, there were rumors of unreasonable language fees and rents. Anssi Vuorio: “In practice, we are calculated that a person has to work for two years, for example, without actually earning himself a cent. This is outrageous and outrageous. ” VOICE: What's the point? Who cheated and who? TITLE: Dirty Game with Cleaners Chinese Chi Ming has lived in Finland for less than a year. Chi Ming: “I knew Finland a long time ago when I was still in school. I knew the country was beautiful and the people friendly. I was hoping to get here. ” Previously, Ming worked for example as a fashion designer in Japan. Then he heard about a job in Finland. Chi Ming: “At first I knew it was maintenance work. The content of the thesis would be mailing and meeting arrangements. Pretty good jobs ... The agency told me about these things. " The work in Finland did not live up to the promises made. Now Ming is cleaning the Helsinki Exhibition Center. Ming's colleague, Baojun Li, came to Finland in September last year. Before coming to Finland, Li drove a taxi in China. Now she is cleaning up residential buildings in the Helsinki metropolitan area. Baojun Li: “I'm cleaning apartment buildings. Stairways, saunas, washrooms, all of these. The work itself is pretty good. I am with many of the residents very good terms. ... I value my work highly. " Chi Ming and Baojun Li are not alone. More and more dirty workers are coming to Finland from outside the EU. Foreigners often do jobs that are unfit for Finns. A long-time Chinese resident in Finland says that the daily work of hotel cleaners has grown to 26 rooms in recent years. “Over 23 rooms a day are already dangerous to our health. Most Finns quit after a month. The rest were foreigners who would only come to Finland to work. Russians, Estonians and Chinese can clean 30 rooms a day without complaining. ” Anssi Vuorio: "After all, we work for hourly wages, but those jobs are rated so hard that you simply don't work, get that work done at that time, and then it's kind of like a job and for free." The Russians and Ukrainians arrive to Finland from outside the EU. The Chinese have gotten to third place in the statistics. By the end of September this year, 850 Chinese had already been granted a worker's residence permit. That's more than last year's total. The largest single employer in China is the cleaning company SOL Palvelut Oy, which has already hired nearly 100 cleaners in China. According to SOL, the cause is a labor shortage. Riitta Sirviö: “There are a lot of people who are retiring, and…... We have been in such a shortage that there is not so much to seek in this area as such. ... "That immigrants at work are just as clear a solution as we are today." Pia Björkbacka: “There are professions with a growing number of foreign workers, not least because the working conditions, the quality of the job and the salary offered for that job are not sufficient if they cannot live. And that is why we are trying to attract third-country workers here. ” SOL Services has not recruited Chinese workers directly, but has used a brokerage firm called Sevirita Oy. Sevirita, for its part, cooperates with Chinese agencies. When the Chinese arrived in Finland, they were confronted by Timo Nyberg, CEO of Sevirita. Baojun Li: “Real estate agencies operating between Finland and China really treated us badly. On the third day after my arrival, he said that our language skills were not good enough. He forced us to spend $ 670 and buy air tickets back to China. ” Baojun Li and his compatriots were in a state of panic. They did not want to return to China because they had paid thousands of euros for a job in Finland to Chinese agencies. According to the Chinese, brokerage commissions have ranged from € 8,000 to as much as € 13,000. The average wage per employee in China is around 2700 euros per year. Thus, the commissions paid by the Chinese are equivalent to several years' salary. Most have borrowed money from friends and relatives. Some have taken high-interest loans. Chi Ming: "Originally, I had promised to relatives and friends, the liver borrowed money back within half a year, but nowit's impossible." Some Chinese who came to Finland could not immediately start cleaning work. Baojun Li: “We spent over $ 10,000 to get here, but for three and a half months there was no work. The whole amount was a loan and the money had to be repaid. We also had to pay interest. It felt too cruel. We were helpless. ” We tried to find out if the Finnish Sevirita got a share of the commission. CEO of Sevirita. Timo Nyberg did not want to come to this program with his face. However, he agreed to give a telephone interview. Timo Nyberg: "We don't charge any commission." MOT: "But do you have a share of the fees paid to these Chinese brokers?" Timo Nyberg: "Not heard." Yan Qin from Harbin also came to Finland via Sevirita. Yan Qin lived in Finland for over a year. During his entire stay in Finland, he did not get a job from SOL Services, even though the contract had already been signed in China. Yan Qin: “How was it possible for SOL to give me a work contract that allows me to leave, travel, but doesn't execute the contract and get a job? I really don't understand. First you have to work hard, and then life is extremely difficult, almost on the brink of being impossible. ” According to Timo Nyberg, some Chinese language skills were not sufficient for cleaning. He made the Chinese study English. Most cleaners who came to Finland had to commit to a language course lasting more than a year. The course cost 260 euros a month. Chi Ming: “I had to pay even if I hadn't gone for an hour. In May, the teacher was on vacation, but we still had to pay even though there were no lessons. ” Yan Qin also had to attend an English course. He paid Nyberg EUR 3,000 for the course. Yan Qin: “I gave him almost all my money, about $ 5,000. I didn't have much money left. I had to take a class every day, take a bus and eat some food, so pretty soon all my money was gone. All I could do was collect beer bottles and drink cans. ” Baojun Li says he paid Nyberg $ 4,500 for the English course. Baojun Li: “It was terribly heavy back then. It was a terrible blow to us. Everyone said that the Finns were friendly, but when we look at him, it felt quite cold at heart. It was really difficult then. ” Timo Nyberg: "The company's service concept includes language training, familiarization with Finnish society and cultural differences, various personal guidance and assistance." MOT: "How reasonable do you consider this $ 260 per month for these services?" Timo Nyberg: "In our opinion, it is an inexpensive and useful package and enables individuals to survive in Finnish society." Timo Nyberg does not work alone, but is assisted by Chinese wife Jin Ou. In addition to Nyberg, the former Mayor of the City of Varkaus, Matti Reijanella, also has the right to sign Sevirita. Kari Salmi, former mayor of Lahti, has also represented Sevirita. The existence of the Finnish broker Sevirita came as a surprise to the Chinese. Both Baojun Li and Chi Ming thought that Timo Nyberg was a SOL man. It was only recently realized to them that he was a spokesman for the agency. Chi Ming: “At first I thought Timo was an employee of Sol. I thought everything he did was organized by Sol. ” Baojun Li: “All the time we thought he was Sol's people. He organized so much. He took us to Sol's headquarters and talked about it as his own office. ” The division of labor between SOL Services and Sevirita is unclear. At least a Chinese language course was held at SOL's premises. MOT: "At least this language training, that's what happened at SOL's premises ..?" Riitta Sirviö: “Yes, our premises have been used. But this is just the training given by Sevirita. Or what they organized. ” At the beginning of September, Sevirita brought 22 more Chinese to Finland. Immediately at the airport, Timo Nyberg handed them a contract paper. With their signature, the Chinese undertook to purchase integration services from Sevirita. Two Chinese men refused to sign the paper. They tried to go straight to SOL Services with their employment contract. No jobs were given. The men didn't get to work until they agreed to sign an agreement with Nyberg. Timo Nyberg: “The company does not charge any fees to these Chinese, all fees are based on contracts. Once they have come to Finland, these individuals can, if they wish, enter into a service contract with the company. … All these agreements are entirely voluntary. ' Timo Nyberg also arranged apartments for the Chinese brought to Finland. Initially, three other Chinese slept in the same room as Chi Ming. When everyone went to work at different times, no one could sleep properly. Baojun Li lives in a Sevirita rented apartment on the outskirts of Helsinki. There are several Sevirita lodges in the same house. Nyberg is for rentut homes in their own names and leased them to the Chinese at a higher price. Each Chinese has paid a rent of € 275. Baojun Li: “Timo pays the landlord EUR 1060, but we pay him EUR 1650. He earns us 100 euros each. It's too big a win. ” Timo Nyberg: “Our rental properties are well-furnished, furnished, well-equipped homes in good locations for jobs. And the company finds these rentals very affordable. ” Some Chinese began to suspect they were being funded. They hired a lawyer and failed to pay rent. Nyberg has sued part of the Chinese for outstanding rent. The Chinese live modestly and save money to be sent home. One Chinese had spent only $ 50 a month on food, drink, and other necessities. Chi Ming also lives poorly. Chi Ming: “Basic foods - vegetables, rice, wheat - consume a good amount. It also takes a little fun. I'd love to have fun, but it doesn't work. ” Baojun Li: “At the beginning of the month, after taxes, the salary was less than 1,000 euros. There was still a rent and a service charge of € 250 each. There was hardly anything left for myself. ” As no cleaning work was found on SOL Services despite her employment contract, Yan Qin applied for a job in a Chinese restaurant. Restaurant work was heavy and poorly paid. Finally, Qin's mental health was shaken and he was admitted to Aurora Hospital. After leaving the hospital, Qin returned to China. Yan Qin: “I didn't want to go back. I liked Finland. But I had no other option. I couldn't live there. The work was too tiring and I also met some really bad people during the year. ... “I was very unhappy when I returned. Often when I was alone on the balcony, I could only think of my time on the balcony or on the street or on the bus. ” But there are always enough newcomers. In early November, eight Chinese engineers arrived at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. The engineers had been recruited to Finland by a Finnish brokerage firm called Futuvision. Johanna Tommila: “Of course, the SOL case you mentioned made a big difference for us there at the end of China. Even though there are a billion people in the country, the word is spreading so easily that we were asked a lot that this is not the case, this is your… your story. ” Futuvision does not cooperate with Chinese dealerships but has its own branch office in Beijing. Futuvision manages the paper war on behalf of the employer, that is, by filling out residence permit applications, obtaining KELA cards and so on. The recruitment costs are paid by the employer. MOT: What kind of amounts are we talking about? Johanna Tommila: “For thousands of euros. But we have a starting point that ... that, at least for the time being, when recruiting people from Finland, would not be much more costly for the employer. ” At the turn of the year, Futuvision plans to bring about twenty Chinese cleaners to Finland. Cleaners have already studied the Finnish vocabulary in China. LIKE A VIDEO ”There is vomiting on the floor, could you clean it? What do you say?" A three-month course in Finnish costs employees 5500 euros. That's the average Chinese salary for two years. Johanna Tommila: “The employees who are involved in language and cultural coaching… they pay for the Chinese head… The Chinese head training itself, but then they have no other… other costs. ... That no commissions have been spoken of in some cases, so we are not… of course not being charged to the employee. ” In recent years, various kinds of employment agencies have emerged as mushrooms in the rain. Tommila: "You've come across different situations where, for example, this kind of brokerage firm ... has some wholesale employment contracts and, in practice, they then sell those employment contracts to Chinese workers." The family business Prokura has brought about a dozen cleaners to N-Clean. Employees coming through Prokura have paid Chinese brokerage firms € 3,000 to € 6,000. The prosecutor's share is between EUR 800 and EUR 1 400. On his homepage, Prokura demonstrates the Finnish language skills of the employees he carries. LIKE VIDEO: “Hi boss…” Espoo-based Finnish Labor Consultancy helps workers from Eastern Europe and Russia find jobs in Finland in particular. Job counseling provides employees with, among other things, language training and help with the paper war. The cost is between 1000 and 2000 euros per year. It is virtually impossible to work in Finland from outside the recruitment firms. Job must be sought through them, or not at all. By law, the employee should not be charged a commission for the job. Therefore, the money requested from the employee is disguised as some kind of service charge. In exchange for money, language training or various integration services are usually provided. The trade union movement does not accept this. Pia Björkbacka: “Getting to know the joband the professions for which the employee needs language training are the responsibility of the employer. And that is what we are strictly adhering to, especially as regards workers recruited from these third countries. ” Anssi Vuorio: “Yes, in our opinion, it is somehow double-moralistic to say, for example, that we do not know about these commission fees. Yes, that is certainly the case, something has also come to the company's knowledge. ” SOL Services washes its hands on the fees charged by Sevirita and Chinese agents. MOT: "What is the employer's responsibility if the brokerage firm they use does something wrong?" Sirviö: “Employer's Responsibility? Well, we take care of the responsibility that we have, of course, that we cannot just as any other company, like the rest of us, go on to evaluate and as I said in this case, there is no information whatsoever. When an employee comes to Finland from outside the EU, he or she needs a residence permit for the employee. The first residence permit is usually issued for one year at a time. The employee can then apply for a further permit. Together with Chi Ming, we went to the Malmi Aliens Police to obtain a further permit, which had been orally promised to him by the police. The alien police were in for a surprise: Chi Ming did not receive any extension of his residence permit. The reason is that the wages paid to him are too low for the authorities to live on. Ming's contract is OK, but her salary hasn't been in line with her contract. Chi Ming: “The employer should pay the salary as agreed in the contract. At this point, reality and the agreement are different. " The residence permit is issued in two parts. The first part is made by the Uusimaa Work Permit Unit, which monitors compliance with the terms and conditions of employment. Sinikka Hyyppä: "If it is found that the salary ... has not been paid in the same way as what was insured at the time of its first authorization, then unfortunately we will have to make a negative contribution and, admittedly, the employee will suffer." MOT: “The residence permit for some of these Chinese people has also been revoked because the wages have been too low, why is that? Sirviö: "Well, with reference to the above, there are a few, or in fact one instance, as in the amendment, and it turns out that apparently this is exactly what has happened." MOT: So who's the mistake? Sirviö: "Well, it is still unclear that this information has been misinterpreted, but it is an open point." The New Zealand Work Permit Unit issued a residence permit to nearly a hundred Chinese before it noticed that something was wrong. Sinikka Hyyppä: “The next application round came and we were asked for a payroll report on all the things we had done well in the past and that was where the line went. ... From there the negative settlements came, and then the negotiations with the SOL and then that snowball forward. And, of course, we already did that in August 2007, a report was made to KRP. ” The Central Criminal Police did not investigate the case of the Chinese brought by Sevirita. The fate of the Chinese is now being investigated by Helsinki police. It is up to the prosecutor and, ultimately, the court to determine whether something illegal has happened. MOT: "Why did you continue this cooperation even though the police investigation started?" Sirviö: "There hasn't been such a thing as we have and it is known that something is going as well but what those things are we do not know about it." MOT: "Shouldn't you ask or find out?" Sirviö: "Well, as I said, there is no such violation as our contract and related matters." MOT: "What could be the breach of contract or the reason for its termination?" Sirviö: "Well, this is what clears that ... it ... is like illegal activity." Although some Chinese feel they have been cheated, they want to stay in Finland and continue working. Chi Ming will complain about the denial of her residence permit. Chi Ming: “I want to stay in Finland for a long time. I study Finnish. I want to adapt to Finland. ” Baojun Li: “Finland is a good place. I want to stay here and study Finnish. My son goes to school, then there's a wife. I hope they too can get here to work and study. ” ... “I don't spend a lot of money. I live very frugally. So I send home as much as possible. In addition, the need to pay for the money that I borrowed. ... So we really need this work. ... If it were possible to work overtime, it would be even better. ' Yan Qin spent a total of about 100,000 yuan, or about EUR 10,000, on his failed trip to Finland. Now he is trying to pay off his debt by working in China. Yan Qin: “I have no dreams. I used to have dreams of living, studying, but now I don't think about it. My only thought now is to work, trapthat money to pay off my debt. - - - In Finland, I was unhappy and now after my return to China I'm still unhappy '. ... “Of course I would like to return to Finland, but I'm afraid. I like Finland, living there. If I had a chance to go, I could leave. ” ... “I could fulfill my unfulfilled dream. I would like to live according to my earlier thoughts, like Finns, with a decent Finn with a peaceful and safe life. ” End. MOT Dirty Game With Cleaners - November 24, 2008