I REFER to the Opinion written by “Frustrated Employer” about how Employment Agency Order fails to protect employers. I know what he or she is talking about. In continuation to his/her letter, I would like to say it’s the agency’s fault.
All they are interested in is making money. They don’t care about training the maids well because if the maid is not happy for the smallest reason, she can get a transfer and the employers end up paying the agency again.
Another reason is that many of the workers who are supposed to come for other jobs end up as maids. These agents don’t care about their maids. All they want is $$$.
It should not be made legal for agencies to ask employers to pay upfront for the maids.
The Labour Department should start taking immediate action on these so called agents. Monitor them if they are involved in many transfers. The Labour and Immigration Departments should start protecting the employers from these sort of irresponsible agents and workers.
I also feel that if the maid wants a transfer for not being happy though it’s no fault of the agent or the employer, she or he should pay back the employer half (if not full) of the employer’s agency fee.
If we just let these maids come and go as they like, our people are the ones who would be cheated. Ask how many people already feel cheated by the agents or the maids.
Agencies should also be able to provide part-time maids because nowadays having a permanent maid is difficult due to obvious reasons.
– Frustrated too