Shady agen­cies stripped of li­cences

The Myanmar Times - - News - PYAET THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Zaw Nyunt and Win Thaw Tar

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.”

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