| James Kon |
NINETEEN foreign workers were found to have violated the labour laws and regulations after an operation dubbed ‘Operasi Cengkam 82/2014’ was conducted recently by the Labour Enforcement Division of the Labour Department in seven locations within the Brunei-Muara District.
Fourteen enforcement officers from the Labour Enforcement Division took part in the operation and inspected convenience shops, Nasi Katok stalls, vegetable stalls, grass cutters and car workshops.
Twenty-one workers were investigated and a majority of them were found to have violated the labour laws. Two workers who are on visit passes were referred to the National Registration and Immigration Department.
Five foreign workers were found working in job positions which were different from the stated posts in their work permit. Their work permit stated their jobs as maid, gardener and driver, instead they were working at vegetable and fruit stalls. Meanwhile, 14 of them were working in a workshop which is not allowed to employ foreigners.
Further investigations will be carried out as questions were raised regarding the welfare of the workers who were systematically not given weekly offs or public holidays.
The quota of the licence permit to hire foreign workers will be cancelled or reduced by the Labour Department if an employer is found to have misused work permits while the concerned worker will get his work pass revoked as well as deported back to his country.
The Labour Department has reminded the public and employers to not misuse their licence permits by hiring foreign workers without prior consent from the Labour Commissioner. If found guilty, they will be charged under Section 112 (1) Employment Order 2009 Section 112 (3), and will be liable to pay a fine not less than $6,000 and not more than $10,000 or six months to three years imprisonment, or both.