Shady agencies stripped of licences
EIGHTEEN employment agencies tasked with finding jobs for workers in other countries were stripped of their licenses for a slew of offences, including working with illegal brokers, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration, and Population U Thein Swe told the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday.
The news came in response to a question from MP Daw Nan Moe Moe Htwe (NLD; Kayin 4), who asked about delays in the process that allows citizens to work overseas.
“Despite scrutiny from our ministry, some agencies are serving their own best interests and working with illegal brokers, leaving the labourers to shoulder the losses and exploitation,” U Thein Swe said. “We have to scrutinise and take action against them.”
Fourteen of the agencies have turned in their licences, the minister added. The remaining four agencies have been urged to sign a contract guaranteeing they will abide by the rules, he said.
“We take action only when unavoidable,” he said. “They are all our coworkers. It is impossible without them. That is why during the last week I, as a minister, met with them and told them to cooperate, to do things right to avoid damages to the labourers, not to hike up the service charges, and to be aware of their responsibility and accountability.”
Licences were revoked by agencies for sending workers to the wrong jobs, forging appointment letters, asking for more money, not solving the problems of these overseas workers, and sending the workers overseas via brokers.
If there are any difficulties, any person, agency or foreign job service federation can report the issues to the ministry at any time by letter or email, U Thein Swe said.
“The ministry holds meetings with foreign job service federations and solves the issues. Likewise, the ministry is systematically analysing the agencies in order to make sure the workers are paying the lowest amount possible.”