Overseas em­ploy­ment agency un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for bro­ken prom­ises

The Myanmar Times - - News - ZAW ZAW HTWE za­wza­whtwe@mm­times.com

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

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