Overseas employment agency under investigation for broken promises
LU Htake Moe overseas employment agency is under investigation for allegedly failing to send 300 workers to Thailand and instead leaving them stranded without work in Myawady.
In June, the would-be overseas workers signed a contract, paying K500,000 a piece – K350,000 above the legal fee limit – under the impression that in exchange they would be sent to Thailand to work in a baked goods factory. They were to be paid 300 baht (K10,100) a day under a twoyear contract. A factory error delayed departure by a month, factory officials allegedly told the workers.
Three months later, the workers were sent to Kayin State’s Myawady with a promise of jobs in a vermicelli factory. When they arrived, the factory was not hiring. The workers were stranded in Myawady for 22 days before the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, and Population ordered the employment agency to get them back to Yangon and resolve the issue.
The agency agreed to compensate anyone no longer interested in going abroad, a worker said yesterday.
“The agency has solved the problem by compensating the workers,” Ministry of Labour permanent secretary U Myo Aung told The Myanmar Times. “But, we are also investigating why the agency delayed the workers’ trip abroad. Migrants faced grievances relating to both time and money.”
The agency was lucky the workers did not get stranded in Thailand without work, he said.
“Our migrants would have been arrested if they were sent in Thailand without the proper arrangement with a factory,” he said.
The agency has promised to send the remaining workers to Thailand within the next 10 days, a migrant from Bago Region, who asked not to be named, said yesterday.
Workers said that they will file a case against brokers and the employment agency if they break this promise and do not take responsibility.
Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar migration affairs department assistant Director Ko Hein Latt said yesterday that the agency violated labour laws by only sending the workers to a job three months after signing the contract. Agencies must send workers within two months of signing the contract, he said.
“The agency never respected the ministry. They did what they wanted without heeding the rules. Migrants workers suffer the most in these cases.”
When contacted by The Myanmar Times yesterday, an official from the Lu Htake Moe overseas employment agency declined to comment.
‘[The agency] did what they wanted without heeding the rules. Migrant workers suffer the most in these cases.’
Ko Hein Latt Confederation of Trade Unions