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Agencies set to send factory workers to Singapore again


Some of Myanmar overseas employment agencies have started preparing to send workers to electronics factories in Singapore, without charging agency fees, weeks after the government lifted a ban on sending workers to the island-state.

An executive of the Hnin Oo Wai Overseas Employment Agency said that the company is negotiating with a Singapore electronics factory for the deployment of Myanmar workers.

“It’s not confirmed yet. We are still negotiating a contract between us. We will announce the sending of workers as soon as we got confirmation,” the company official said.

Hnin Oo Wai Company advertised jobs in Singaopore on its Facebook page on April 24, saying it needs about 100 workers to be employed in an electronics factory.

The selected workers will work at the factory with two-year work permit It added the workers need to have diplomas in electronics or have passed the Technical High School test.

The employment agency said that it will waive the education requirement for workers who have experience working in electronics factories in Malaysia and Thailand.

It added the applicants must be in between 20 to 30 and have ability to speak, read and write in English.

Another employment agency, the People’s Choice, also announced on its Facebook page on May 3 that it urgently needs 100 workers for an electronics factory in Singapore.

The company’s director told The Myanmar Times on Monday that they plan to send the workers to Singapore without agency fees, but asked not to announce this before it finalised its requirements for the workers.

The agency declined to comment on reports that it has been collecting K100,000 (US$65) from each applicant.

Singapore-based Myanmar migrants rights activists have pointed out the island state does not issue work permits to Myanmar nationals and does not allow them to work in the manufacturing sector.

However, U Win Shein, director general of the Labour Department said employment agencies have been allowed to send factory workers to Singapore if they have official requests from the employers.

Currently, about 30 to 40 Myanmar nationals depart to work in Singapore every month via local employment agencies.

The Myanmar government lifted its five-year ban on sending Myanmar domestic workers to Singapore late last month, after social development agencies criticised the policy for endangering the lives of domestic workers who are smuggled into the island nation.

Source: Myanmar Times

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