Demand for action against companies fleecing migrant workers

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KATHMANDU, APR 12 – Nepal Foreign Employment Representative Agent Association on Sunday demanded action against foreign employment companies fleecing migrant workers .

They called for scrapping permission of the companies found to have violated agreement on specification of work and charging money three fold more than the government’s official stipulation particularly from workers seeking employment in Malaysia and the Middle East.

Association Chairman Khadga Bahadur Shrestha in a press conference spoke of the pain inflicted on both migrant workers and representatives due to the increasing trend of institutional scam while calling on the law enforcement bodies to be more sensitive towards the issue.

Shrestha said the association could only fulfill a role of a liaison agent to establish contact between the migrant workers and the manpower companies. He further insisted the manpower companies must be accountable for providing the stipulated money and work, along with arranging for labour permit and travel route for the destination country.

There have been news reports of migrant workers being fleeced although the companies providing the work have arranged for cost-free visas prompting the association to advice the workers to transact through the banking system.

Around 2.2 million Nepali migrant workers are currently employed in Malaysia and the Middle East countries including Qatar, according to the association. RSS