| James Kon |
THE Labour Department through its Labour Enforcement Division yesterday found seven foreign workers violating the labour law in its latest operation codenamed, ‘Operasi Cengkam 74/2014’ targeting the Satenaga Tani Market in Kampong Selayun, Brunei-Muara District.
Eleven labour enforcement officers took part in the operation, carrying out inspection on the vegetable and fruit stalls at the market. Seven foreigners were found working at positions different from those stated in the labour permit. Their designated positions were gardener, poultry farmer, waiter, driver and shop worker but instead they were working at the stall.
Meanwhile, two foreigners were looking at extending their visit pass at the National Registration and Immigration Department.
The officers also found out that almost all the workers were not given any day off. The matter is currently under investigation.
For the offence of wrong placement and misuse of foreign worker’s job position, action will be taken against the employers by Labour Department by revoking or reducing the quota on the licence of employment. The working pass of the foreign workers will be considered void and they will be expatriated back to their country. The department will also take stern action against offences related to the issues of foreign worker’s welfare.
Employing and recruiting foreign workers without the permission of the Commissioner of Labour will be charged under Chapter 112 (1) Employment Order 2009, and if found guilty under Chapter 112 (3) the offender will face a fine not less than $6,000 and not more than $10,000, or imprisoned for not less than six months and not exceeding three years, or both.