Dutch term – Grondwerker

A grondwerker (literally: ground worker) was a digger. Diggers could be employed by builders, to dig foundation trenches, or by canal builders. It was hard, low-paying work.

Grondwerkers in Amsterdam around 1908. Credits: Bernard F. Eijlers, collection Stadsarchief Amsterdam (public domain)

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