My friend came to Scotland to visit me, and to work.
He was a student of mine in Poland and became a good friend.
Imagine my embarrassment when his story became one of exploitation and racism.
I arranged a job for him at a hotel in a very 'picture-squee' area of the Highlands.
Sounded like a good deal - wages above minimum, somewhere to stay at another hotel with free meals thrown in, enough free time to travel around and a rather jolly atmosphere.
The reality was far, far different.
No point in dwelling upon the detail of the illegal deductions and unpaid hours.
No wage slips.
No student Tax exemption form - seems that the tax was deducted but not paid over.
No meals such as were promised.
'No' accommodation - a doss in a derelict building 1 hour from work.
No free time.
No dignity - 'you fucking Polish bastard'.
I was certainly embarrassed as I had arranged the gig, but the guy was typically stoic and just got on with it.
We had to fight to get a P45 and any indication that he had even worked.
My mother received threats of physical violence from the hotel management when they realised that we were pursuing the matter.
He got the tax back, eventually.
Also, it seems that the Kilcreggan Hotel were running the same scam with other Polish workers ie keep the passports, keep back the tax, keep them in slavery.
If they argue, fire them with no pay.
(I met some girls there who had been screwed for large sums of money - they didn't speak English, unlike my friend).
Disgusting situation all round.
Not so unlike the following linked case.