A Lithuanian recruitment firm has been fined for breaching labour law in cooperation with Ukrainian workers, after investigative journalism centre Siena found violations, reports the Baltic News Network citing Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT. Nermeka provides recruitment services to job seekers and workers for companies seeking employees.

When the war broke out in Ukraine, the company announced on social media that it would help Ukrainian refugees find jobs in Lithuania.

The firm promised Ukrainians high pay and free accommodation. However, the reality was quite different, Ukrainians told Siena.

After the Siena investigation, the State Labour Inspectorate fined Me?islovas Bušas, head of Nermeka. “An inspection at Nermeka found violations of maximum working hours for workers who are citizens of Ukraine. The responsible person, the director of the company, was subjected to administrative liability. Recommendations were also made to the company on the improvement of the labour law situation,” Jolanta Bielskien?, a representative of VDI, said. The production manager of IceCo, an ice cream factory was also fined for violations of the maximum working time for Lithuanian employees. Both fines were small at €120.