The Quick fast-food restaurant chain will appear before the court in a human trafficking case, De Tijd and L’Echo revealed on Thursday. In February last year, the Work Tribunal investigated social security fraud and human trafficking within five cleaning companies: one in Nivelles and four in Brussels. One of these companies, Citybelgium, was located in Avenue Louise and had a two million euro turnover. It worked for Quick in Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels. Employees at this company were not working legally. Some were using false identities, and others had no work permit. Some employees worked full-time while claiming to work part-time.
According to the General Director of Social inspection, Jean-Claude Heirman, the case involving Quick could serve as a precedent for all companies. “This is the first time a contractor will be judged for infractions committed with a sub-contractor, in which they are not directly involved”, explains Mr Heirman.