Uganda issues 14-Day Ultimatum to Labor Export Companies to refund placement fees for unplaced workers or face suspension
Labour export companies in Uganda have been issued a 14-day ultimatum to stop collecting placement fees from workers before signing employment contracts and to refund the money already collected or else face suspensions.
Government’s decision follows complaints that recruitment agencies ask money from people to get them jobs abroad and in the process fail to fulfil their promises.
“To this effect, a job order submitted to us for approval which is not accompanied by a breakdown of a proposed fee mentioned will be rejected. Besides, it shall not be mandatory for a migrant worker to pay air ticket fee to the recruitment agency.” James Ebitu, the Acting PermanTweet
“Or refund any fund collected from the worker. Failure to do so will lead to immediate suspension of the license,” Ebitu said.Tweet
Now responding to the government decision, Andrew Seguya Public Relations Officer Middle East Consultants said that the charges they ask from workers are to cater for services they offer before these workers go to their workplaces.
“Now if you talk about overcharging we got to train you, that’s number one, we got to process you, we got to test you medically. I am telling you some of the charges we too experience before you judge us as being too high on our charges,” Seguya said.Tweet
Seguya notes that recruitment agencies are supposed to take only 120 days to have placed the recruited personnel.
“it depends on the speed of the demand for that particular job. They want numbers, in these jobs, we deal with numbers, they ask you for 200, you must produce 200. If you happen to produce 100, the other agent will jump out, but now you have collected 100 here, they wanted 200, sTweet
Seguya adds that some unnecessary delays are caused by Interpol.
“Yes, there are some waiting gaps which will do us bad, but we’ve got to bear with that. So that’s where the time lack comes in,” Seguya added.Tweet
Ebitu then commanded all companies that received money from people but haven’t placed them yet to make a refund in 14 days.
“Refund any fund collected from the worker that’s by 17th of February, 2020, failure to do so will lead to immediate suspension of a company’s license,” Ebitu said.Tweet